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American artist Thomas Doughty's works are considered to be among the finest examples of Impressionism. As a member of the Hudson River School, he influenced artists such as John Singer Sargent and Robert Motherwell. Whether he was working on a landscape or a still-life, Doughty was a master of light and color. While he is best known for his painting of an ocean, his paintings were also popular in the United States and Europe.

Doughty studied at the Pennsylvania Academy and was named an honorary member of the National Academy of Design in 1827. His most productive period, which lasted for five years, was when he was living in Boston, where he exhibited his work at the Athenaeum. Later, he traveled extensively, exhibiting his work in New York, Philadelphia, England, and France. Although he spent his final years in poverty, his work continues to inspire artists.

Although Doughty had no formal training in the arts, he was able to apply the methods of European masters to the unique landscapes he created. The Academy's collection of Old Master paintings allowed Doughty to draw inspiration from the works of his heroes. The result was a series of serene landscapes that celebrated the American land. It is easy to see how Doughty was influenced by the works of such great artists as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Titian.

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