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Concluded in 1854, this oil on canvas is one of the most highly acclaimed pieces of Frederic Edwin Church’s early career and can be credited with much of his early success. It was first unveiled in the annual exhibition of the National Academy of Design in New York, which was among the most prestigious showcases of contemporary artists of its time, in an institution created and run by artists to be an art school and exhibition space, the first of its kind in the United States. It was purchased by the American General Joseph Gardner Swift soon after the exhibition and was eventually gifted to the Seattle Art Museum, where it remains to this day in show.
The painting is of gargantuan proportions, measuring over three meters in width and two in height, and depicts a pointedly bucolic landscape, in which a small house, mostly hidden by leafy trees and surrounding vegetation, rests peacefully at the edge of a placid river, its calm waters reflecting the couple enjoying their time on a rowboat, lazily floating under the hazy light of the sunset. On the other side of the river, there are a few heads of cattle grazing in lush fields accessible through an almost unseen ford, indicating a rural lifestyle for the residents of the house, which has its windows set alight by the reflecting sun in its last moments of the day.
Not only can the setting of the unseen Sun be perceived in every detail of the painting, but it also occupies the majority of the painted area and, quite arguably, the center stage of the painting. In a way that is somewhat symbolic of the Hudson River School in which Church is usually categorized, the main characters of the picture are not the minuscule people depicted therein, but the landscape itself and, by that way, the greatness of nature, of the creation in all its might and glory.
In that way, Church indeed got hold of the zeitgeist of the America of his time, often connected to the work of Henry David Thoreau, most famously the novel Walden. In it, and indeed throughout his work as a whole, the writer posits a better life for humankind, a rural utopia where contact with other humans is restricted by nature, and where the individual lives in perfect harmony with nature.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Country Home, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Country Home that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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