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For every brilliant painter, there is a specific early work that foretells the artist’s future endeavors, a piece that in some way defines the uniqueness of their style and creativity. For the great Frederic Edwin Church, one of the greatest landscape painters of the 19th century surpassed only by masters like J. W. M. Turner and later innovators like Cezanne or Monet, that early work is represented here, in the form of a beautiful rendition of a landscape that would be very unlikely ever to be seen by the ordinary people of America.
Long before the artist’s travels, in 1849, a twenty-three-year-old Church, who would still have been under the tutelage of Thomas Cole, having been his most successful and talented student, created this beautiful composition applying oil to canvas. The composition depicts not a real landscape, or skyscape due to the lack of actual ground in the scene, but an imaginary one, crafted to showcase the artist’s skill and creativity. In it, there is barely any ground visible apart from a few rocks and vegetation, that appear not as a dominating feature, but only as a dark contrast to the pink chimeric clouds.
That aspect made the painting an innovation for its time, departing from the theme, often covered by Hudson River School artists, of depicting famous landmarks or perhaps depicting grandiose natural monuments to make them memorable. As such, Church is not attempting to ground his work in reality, in something that the observer might be familiar with, but in an imagination shared with the public, made real by the artist’s brush. The depiction of the setting, seen from a vantage point high up in the mountains, is dominated by clouds which color changes from a light pink near the foreground to a light blue further in the distance.
The clouds are divided into layers and, in each layer, a different color dominates the feature. The closer layer, composed of pink clouds, is framed by the few earthly elements in the painting, with one clutch of rocks and trees separating the viewer from the landscape, as well as giving them a visual reference to place themselves in the painting, and another clutch separating this first layer from the rest of the clouds, which extend into the distance. The clutches bordering the pink clouds also serve to enforce the painting’s perspective, lending the fantastic scene a veneer or realism.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Above The Clouds At Sunrise, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Above The Clouds At Sunrise 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.
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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.
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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.
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