Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage

  • through August 26, 2018
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
This is the first exhibition to bring together the detailed compositions of sacred terrain in the Middle East and the Mediterranean of Frederic Church, a leading painter of 19th-century America renown for his early landscapes. From the mid-1850s until the early 1870s, Church was the most popular, most written about and the most financially successful painter in the US. As a specialist in landscape, he traveled to remote places to sketch majestic scenes unfamiliar to his American audiences that he could turn into dramatic, large-scale paintings. The exhibition explores an artist's journey to the other side of the world—not only to paint historical and biblical sites, but to also discover the roots of his own faith and broaden his worldview.
Detroit Institute of Arts
"Syria by the Sea," by Frederic Edwin Church, 1873, oil on canvas.
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