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One of the most recognizable aspects of Church’s art and, truthfully, of the Hudson River School, is that much of its efforts were dedicated to exalting the natural beauties of the USA, from the great flowing rivers to the monolithic mountains that compose the North American landscape. The objective behind this is not only to introduce the average American who would pay to see these works of art in galleries and special expositions located in the largest cities but also to collaborate with the construction of an American national identity connected to the land, symbolized by these landmarks, in contrast to the highly divisive civil war that ravaged the country.
That propensity, which is, in general, subtle and related to the choice of subject matter, is especially visible, bald-faced, even, in this oil on canvas, which Church finished in 1861, the year when the deadliest conflict in American History would begin in earnest. As such, Church exhibited his work to a broken country, divided by a violent rift which would take the lives of many a citizen. One of the first confrontations of note between Unionists and Confederates would be the siege of Fort Sumpter, during which the Confederates fired over three thousand rounds at the fortification, which not only stood but still kept its routine of 100-gun salutes to its tattered flag. After the confrontation, Major Anderson took the tattered flag on a tour of the nation, and great rallies were celebrated in its honor, and it is that flag that is considered to have inspired Church to produce this piece.
Now being exhibited by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in its de Young Gallery, the painting portrays a sunset landscape and, contrary to what is usually the case with Hudson River School painters, who often choose important landmarks as their subject matter, the landscape itself is of little import. Instead, the ragged clouds in the sky form, along with what can be seen of the night sky through them, a semblance of a tattered American flag, having a bare tree as its makeshift flagpole. In a way, Church uses this composition to intrinsically connect the American national identity to the land, as if nature itself was able to know it was American and celebrate it.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Our Banner in the Sky, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Our Banner in the Sky 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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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.
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