Frank Cropsey believed that nature was a direct manifestation of God, or so they say.
Lake George was a favorite with the Hudson River School painters.
This painting is a good example of Luminism, an offshoot of the Hudson River School.
"On the northern shore of the lake, right under the precipitous cliffs on which the modern city of Nemi is perched, stood the sacred grove and sanctuary of Diana of the Woods."
Poetic quality is not obtained by eschewing any truths of fact or of Nature... Poetry is the vision of reality.
You really cannot portray the Hudson River School painters and leave out this gentleman, can you now?
"The true province of Landscape Art is the representation of the work of God in the visible creation."