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It is known that the work that Frederic Edwin Church is most famous for involves mostly vast format landscapes, grand vistas, conveying a greater whole, a greater natural wealth beyond the borders of the canvas, inviting the observer to join the artist in that world. To length, that penchant for the monumental, the lofty vistas, is one of the main common threads in the Hudson River School, one of the style’s main unifying characteristics.
That is not to say that Church worked exclusively in that format, as this oil on canvas is proof. Painted in 1874, shortly after Church’s return from his two-year travel through the Near East and Europe, this close depiction of a historical site in the city of Petra, situated in what is now known as Jordan, framed by the passageway into the tomb. It differs from the rest of Church’s body of work in many ways, which include its subject matter, composition, and choice of vantage point, but most different is the format of the painting, its size.
Often producing large-format paintings, here the artist opted for a much smaller canvas, a choice guided by decorative concerns since the piece was created specifically to fit a space over the mantelpiece of the artist’s just built home in Olana, New York, which has now been turned into a historical site, where the painting still occupies the space it was designed to fill. The construction of the house had begun as soon as he returned from the long voyage, its architecture inspired by the Persian buildings he had seen in his travels, and many pieces were produced by the artist to occupy prominent positions in the house’s decoration.
Being designed to occupy a specific space in a particular room, some aspects of the painting are meant to match or form a pleasant composition with its surroundings, like, for example, the color palette of the art, using mostly salmon hues, which harmonized with the wall it hangs on. Further, being a room of relatively small proportions also meant that there wouldn’t be much space to step back and appreciate the painting. Possibly for that reason, Church chose a much more focused panorama of the famous tomb, based on sketches produced in loco by the artist, so that it might be properly admired.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of El Khasne Petra, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of El Khasne Petra 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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