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Although part of the artistic movement named Hudson River School after the area around New York where most of its followers delved in, Frederic Edwin Church’s interests would go much further than that. In his many travels, Church would visit both the far North in the Arctic wastes and the far South in the Andes, a part of which is depicted here. Specifically, this piece presents the much famed eponymous volcano, famous for its frequent and rather destructive eruptions, which were portrayed in a variety of stages by Church. The artist is likely to have heard about the volcano first from the writings of Charles Darwin and Alexander von Humboldt, who had described the landmark in detail.
Painted in 1855, while staying in a hacienda in Ecuador, this oil on canvas is the smallest among his depictions of the Cotopaxi volcano, and is currently in possession of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington DC. In fact, Church is said to have spent days during his first stay in Ecuador waiting outside the hacienda pictured here for the perfect weather conditions, when the clouds would part, revealing the snow-capped peak in all its grandeur, its icy slopes gleaming in the Sun while the shadow of the clouds leaves the frame of the landscape. That light effect was actually criticized by Church’s American peers, who complained that the piece lacked the atmospheric haze that would be expected in similar scenes, although that complaint stems from a lack of experience, for those critics had never had the pleasure of witnessing the light effects created by the clean, thin air of the Andes in person, and as such could not understand that, in this case, the artist was not overly dramatic, but instead carefully realistic.
Among all of Church’s depictions of the imposing landmark, this is the most naturalistic, and in it, Church set aside the dramatic weather and time conditions, such as when he depicts the erupting volcano on a sunset, of the exaggerated romantic depictions, where it serves almost as a backdrop for a veritable, if botanically incorrect, Garden of Eden. Instead, Church offers simply the mountain in all its might, with a hacienda at the feet of its slopes offering both a notion of proportions and a measure of cultural context.
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