Sunday, May 29, 2011

I want to go to Church.

Today we are going to America, well as a figure of speech. The painter of this piece was born in Hartford, Connecticut and was a central figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters.
His name was Church. Church Frederic Edwin. He only painted landscapes. He travelled extensively to Europe. The Terminartors website mentioned the countries of Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
 Before knowing where he travelled I would have said this piece Moonrise Cut - 1889 -

Niagara Falls from the American Side. 1867
This painting, based on a drawing Church made at Niagara in July 1856 and on a sepia photograph touched with colour, was commissioned by the New York art dealer Michael Knoedler in 1866. It may originally have been destined for the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

I read a little bit about the author's biography. I don't think I can't mention this painter without mentioning The Heart of the Andes (1859). I don't particularly like this piece but there is a bit of history attached to it. It is located at the Tenth Street Studio in New York City. It is more than five feet high and nearly ten feet in length (167.9 × 302.9 cm). Church unveiled the painting to an astonished public in New York City in 1859. (The public were charged admission and provided with opera glasses to examine the painting's details.) The work was an instant success. Church eventually sold it for $10,000, at that time the highest price ever paid for a work by a living American artist.

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