Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch

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A key member of the Hudson River School, Frederic Church (1826–1900) rose to fame as the creator of some of America’s most iconic landscape paintings. He also traveled abroad extensively, making trips to Jamaica, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. At home and away, Church made numerous plein air oil sketches of the landscapes he saw, some magnificent, some humble, many of them later subjects for his full-scale paintings.

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Overview

A key member of the Hudson River School, Frederic Church (1826–1900) rose to fame as the creator of some of America’s most iconic landscape paintings. He also traveled abroad extensively, making trips to Jamaica, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. At home and away, Church made numerous plein air oil sketches of the landscapes he saw, some magnificent, some humble, many of them later subjects for his full-scale paintings.

Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch features some thirty sketches Church executed during his career. Many of these wonderful works come from Olana, the artist’s magnificent home overlooking the Hudson River. As Andrew Wilton’s essay explains, these informal and often spontaneous sketches played a vital role in the practice and pedagogy of landscape painting in American art just as they did in European art of the 19th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857095500
  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 1,400,406
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Wilton was formerly keeper and senior research fellow at Tate Britain. Katherine Bourguignon is the associate curator at the Terra Foundation for American Art Europe. Christopher Riopelle is curator of post–1800 paintings at the National Gallery, London.

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