May 4, 2017
Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), View of the Hudson River Valley From Olana, 1865, oil on canvas, 12 1/4 x 20 3/8 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1962.
American artist Frederic Edwin Church was born on this day in 1826. Church was one of most prominent figures of artistic movement of the Hudson River School. Church painted primarily North American landscapes, though he painted the landscapes during his extensive travels. Church painted this panoramic vista from his ornate home overlooking the Hudson River. After his travels, Church, like his teacher Thomas Cole, found the American scenery to surpass anything he had seen elsewhere. He used European painting conventions of framing trees, waterway, and distant mountains to capture the beauty of his native land.
This painting by Church is currently on display in the exhibition Shaping America at the BYU Museum of Art.