Hendrik-Dirk Kruseman Van EltenDutch, 1829–1904
Born in Alkmaar, Holland, Hendrik Kruseman van Elten was a landscape painter who lived primarily in New York City and came to the United States. As a young man he studied landscape painting in Haarlem with Cornelis Lieste, then traveled in Holland, Germany, France and Belgium before coming to the United States in 1865.
Kruseman van Elten's meticulously rendered paintings were exhibited from 1866 until 1900 at the National Academy of Design. He was named an Associate at the institution in 1871 and an Academician in 1883. Many of his subjects are scenes in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, where he kept a summer home in the Catskill artists' colony at Ellenville. A painting "View of the Rocky Mountains" was dated 1884, and in 1898, he exhibited work at the Denver Artists Club.
He began printmaking in 1876; his work in the etching medium ranks among the best produced anywhere. He was an important member of the Society of Painter-Etchers in London. Several hundred of his paintings were auctioned at the American Art Guild in New York in 1905.