The Art of Frederic Edwin Church

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) was an American Romantic landscape painter.  Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Church was one of the leading figures of The Hudson River School.

Church’s father was wealthy and this allowed Frederic to pursue his interest in art from a very early age. In 1848, Church was elected as the youngest Associate of the National Academy of Design. The following year he was promoted to Academician and soon after, he sold his first major work to Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum.

The Heart of the Andes (1859)

From the spring to autumn each year Church would travel, often by foot, sketching. He returned each winter to paint and to sell his work and in 1853 and 1857, he travelled in South America.

On his return, he painted The Heart of the Andes (1859), a monumental 5 by 10 feet. Church unveiled the painting to an astonished audience in New York City that same year. The work was an instant success.  Selling for $10,000, it was the highest price ever paid for a work by a living American artist at that time.  

Cotopaxi 1862

Although committed to the natural sciences, Church’s paintings had a spiritual focus. Church enjoyed a successful career throughout his lifetime, receiving great praise for his work and selling his paintings for high prices.
Autumn (1875)
Landscape in the Adirondacks (1878)

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