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Throughout his prolific career, the American Frederic Edwin Church would produce some of the most typical portrayals of the vast American landscapes in the 19th century, as well as significantly influence many of the most brilliant painters of that subject matter, which would come to be known as the Hudson River School. Among his great works is this excellent oil on canvas, painted in 1860, which was based on sketches of the wilderness near Mount Katahdin made during his visit two years before, and currently in possession of The Cleveland Museum of Art, in Ohio, since the 1960s.
In it, Church, as he was wont to do, extolls the beauty of untouched American nature, employing his unique domain of the use of light and color to create an emotionally charged homage to life. With the considerable skill and clever technique that made him one of the premier artists of his generation, he presents us with this exquisite piece, which has been lauded by experts as one of his most beautiful paintings ever, and one of Church’s most impressive depictions of the American wilderness.
Painted in a moment of growing American interest by unspoiled nature, and shortly after the publishing of Thoreau’s Walden, the landscape is composed by an enthralling formation of altocumulus clouds, painted bright orange by the twilight of the setting sun, which reflects on the body of water, which might be a river or lake, running through virgin forest. Vegetation frames the scene in the foreground, the branches of the trees guiding the observer’s eyes to the painting’s main feature, the skies.
Heavily influenced by J. W. M. Turner, Church employs vivid color and a stark contrast to create the almost apocalyptic skies, which seem to be on fire, a characteristic which has been seen as ominous by critics, considering that the painting was finished as the country was at the brink of the American Civil War. In that way, Church would be using the sublime beauty of the American wilderness to symbolically make a subtle remark about the state of the country.
Instead of launching the piece in a joint show with other artists, as would have been the standard for the time, the artist preferred to show it in his exposition at a rather prestigious art gallery, a move which attracted hundreds of people to admire his fantastic technique.
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