To mark the occasion of July 4th, I am releasing this slideshow on my favourite American painter of the 19C, Frederic Edwin Church.The word 'sublime' describes the emotional response to immensity or boundlessness, when faced by phenomena of great magnitude. This feeling of sublimation often occurs when confronted by the grandeur of the American wilderness. There is no better American artist to portrait this feeling than Frederic Edwin Church. This was in a time of when America was opening up. Forests were cleared for farming. Factories were being built in the east. Canals connected waterways and railway tracks were laid. This was also a time of the Second Great Awakening, with the founding of new religous sects. In the arts, it was the time of Romanticism, which saw the futility of humankind up against the overwhelming power of nature. Lastly, it was also the time of the American Civil War.It was during period that Frederic Edwin Church celebrated the grandeur of the American Wilderness in his paintings.
Edwin Church , Frederic , Hudson School , Landscape
45 months ago