Frederic Edwin Church was an American landscape painter who was born on 4 May 1826 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was also an essential figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters.
Background of Frederic Edwin Church
Frederick was best known for painting large panoramic landscapes and his paintings often include mountains, waterfalls, and sunsets.
Moreover, sometimes his paintings also depicted dramatic natural phenomena that he had seen during his travels to various places such as Arctic and Central and South America.
Frederic Edwin Church’s paintings put a stress on light as well as a Romantic respect for natural detail. In the later years of his life, he painted classical Mediterranean and Middle Eastern scenes and cityscape.
Among Frederic Edwin Church’s Paintings are
- Home by the Lake (1852)
- The Falls of Tequendama (1854)
- The Andes of Ecuador (ca. 1854)
- Niagara (1857)
- Twilight in the Wilderness (1860)
- Cotopaxi (1862)
- View of Wimmis, Valley of the Simmental, Switzerland (1868)
- Syria by the Sea (1873)
- The River Of Light (1877)
- The Parthenon in Athens (1871)
- Mediterranean Sea (1882)
- Sunset from Olana (1891)
- The Heart of the Andes
- The Icebergs (1861)
- Aurora Borealis(1865)
- Niagara Falls, from the American Side (1867)
The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church
It is a large oil-on-canvas landscape painting by Frederic Edwin Church who was an American artist. The height of this painting is more than five feet (1.7 meters) and width is almost ten feet (3 meters). This painting shows an idealized landscape in the South American Andes.
It is the place where Church traveled on two occasions. The exhibition of this painting in 1859 was a sensation. The Heart of the Andes painting established Church as the foremost landscape painter in the United States.
Frederic Edwin Church Paintings
This painting is also among the most renowned works of the Church. This painting has been a part of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art collection since 1909.
The Icebergs by Frederic Edwin Church
The Icebergs is a landscape oil painting by Frederic Edwin Church which was created in 1861. This painting was inspired by sketches created on an 1859 voyage to the North Atlantic.
Louis Legrand Noble who was Frederic Edwin’s friend accompanied him and he also documented the voyage in his book, After Icebergs with a Painter. The dimensions of the painting are 64.5 × 112.5 in (163.8 × 285.8 cm). The Icebergs is exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art and this museum acquires this painting in 1979.
Niagara Falls, from the American Side
Another painting by the American artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) is Niagara Falls, from the American Side. This painting was completed in the year 1867.
Niagara Falls painting is totally based on preliminary sketches made by the artist at Niagara Falls and on a sepia photograph.
Niagara Falls, from the American Side, is the third in a series of his paintings of Church which is made of this famous landmark.
The painting is now a part of the collection present in the Scottish National Gallery. The church was a leading member of the Hudson River School of painters.