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The great Frederic Edwin Church was, one must acknowledge, ever a great adept of the painter being in loco, of personally seeing the landscapes he painted, which led him to take numerous trips throughout his life, to locations as varied as Labrador and Equador, which produced some of the most amazing paintings of his time, bringing the natural wealth of the Americas to his public.
Even though the paintings themselves were not produced in the location they portray, the first-hand knowledge of the environment is of utmost importance for the artist to lend verisimilitude to their work, especially when, like in the case of the Hudson River School and many other Romanticist movements, the artist endeavors to portray not what is seen on the landscape, but what is felt when involved in it. Those dramatic compositions profit significantly from this, in that they enable the artist to truly understand what it means to be there and to feel the things that cannot be solely laid upon the canvas, like the breeze, the smells, and the temperature of the sunlight, so that the landscape can, instead of merely depicting a panorama, bringing that world of sensations to the observer.
And the most exciting aspect of that is the fact that the final product doesn't even have to be a landscape that exists in reality, like this beautiful oil on canvas, finished in 1873 as a result of Church’s last, and most extended, travel, which took him to Europe and the Near East. One must note, however, that even though the exact composition of elements portrayed here might not exist, the sensation caused by the painting is capable of taking the observer to the location that inspired it. What is meant by this is that by looking at this painting we are capable of understanding what it is to sit on a hill overlooking the Syrian coast.
Further, it has often been pointed out that this piece, which is now in possession of the Detroit Institute of Arts borrows heavily from Desolation, the last of five paintings in the series named The Course of Empire, by Thomas Cole, Church’s master. Being so, it would not be a leap to understand Church’s depictions of the Near East and Europe as a record of the downfall of civilization, in contrast with his representations of the Americas as a place where a new utopic society was developing.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Syria by the Sea, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Syria by the Sea 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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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.
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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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