Portrait of Frederic Edwin Church

Frederic Edwin Church Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 3

1826-1900

American Hudson River School Painter

Frederic Edwin Church (May 4, 1826 - April 7, 1900) was an American landscape painter born in Hartford, Connecticut. He was a central figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters.

The wealth of Church's father allowed him to pursue his interest in art from a very early age. At eighteen years of age, Church became the pupil of Thomas Cole in Palenville, New York. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Design five years later, in 1849. Soon after, he sold his first major work to Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum.

Church settled in New York where he taught his first pupil, William James Stillman. 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.

Church became known for painting colossal views, often of exotic locations. His painting "Heart of the Andes", now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, measures over five feet high and nearly ten feet in length. Church unveiled the painting to an astonished public in New York City in 1859. He installed the work in a specially-lit room with curtains and palm fronds, and charged the public admission to view it. The painting was an instant success. He eventually sold it for $10,000, at that time the highest price ever paid for a work by a living American artist.

In 1860 Church bought a farm in Hudson, New York and married Isabel Carnes. Both Church's first son and daughter died in March, 1863 of diphtheria, but he and his wife started a new family with the birth of Frederic junior in 1865.

When he and his wife had a family of four children, they began to travel together. In 1867 they visited Europe and the Middle East, allowing Church to return to painting larger works.

Before leaving on that trip, Church purchased the eighteen acres (73,000 m2) on the hilltop above his Hudson farm - land he had long wanted because of its magnificent views of the Hudson River and the Catskills. In 1870 he began the construction of "Olana" on that site. This highly personal and eclectic castle incorporated many of the design ideas that he had acquired in the Middle East. Olana, now owned by the nonprofit Olana Partnership and administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a New York State historic site open to the public. While Church continued to paint monumental landscapes at Olana, he also enjoyed painting small, spontaneous sketches of clouds and sunsets from his hilltop home.

58 Frederic Edwin Church Paintings

South American Landscape, 1856 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

South American Landscape 1856

Oil Painting
$3063
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-5709
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 59.5 x 92 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Tropical Landscape, c.1855 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Tropical Landscape c.1855

Oil Painting
$2071
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-5710
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 28 x 41.3 cm
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Spain

Niagara Falls, 1867 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Niagara Falls 1867

Oil Painting
$2827
Canvas Print
$64.80
SKU: CFE-6856
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 260 x 231 cm
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The Icebergs, 1861 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

The Icebergs 1861

Oil Painting
$3572
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-6857
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 163.5 x 285.7 cm
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA

Niagara, 1857 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Niagara 1857

Oil Painting
$3831
Canvas Print
$55.48
SKU: CFE-6858
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 105.4 x 230 cm
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Twilight in the Wilderness 1860

Oil Painting
$3102
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8401
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 101.6 x 162.6 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Cotopaxi, 1855 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Cotopaxi 1855

Oil Painting
$3138
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8418
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 76.2 x 117.9 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

Morning in the Tropics, c.1858 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Morning in the Tropics c.1858

Oil Painting
$1394
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8419
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 21 x 35.5 cm
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA

South American Landscape, 1873 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

South American Landscape 1873

Oil Painting
$2447
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8420
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: unknown
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, USA

A Catskill Landscape, c.1858/60 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

A Catskill Landscape c.1858/60

Oil Painting
$1584
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8421
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 26 x 40.9 cm
Private Collection

Camp Fire in the Maine Wilderness, undated by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Camp Fire in the Maine Wilderness undated

Oil Painting
$1892
Canvas Print
$67.72
SKU: CFE-8422
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 43.6 x 63.8 cm
Private Collection

Sunset in Equador, undated by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Sunset in Equador undated

Oil Painting
$1272
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8424
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Our Flag, 1864 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Our Flag 1864

Oil Painting
$1576
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8425
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 54.6 x 34.3 cm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA

View of Cotopaxi, 1857 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

View of Cotopaxi 1857

Oil Painting
$3181
Canvas Print
$81.23
SKU: CFE-8426
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 62.2 x 92.7 cm
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Cotopaxi, 1862 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Cotopaxi 1862

Oil Painting
$3268
Canvas Print
$70.17
SKU: CFE-8427
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 121.9 x 215.9 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA

Syria by the Sea, 1873  by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Syria by the Sea 1873

Oil Painting
$2984
Canvas Print
$82.27
SKU: CFE-8428
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 142.2 x 215.9 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan, USA

Rainy Season in the Tropics, 1866 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Rainy Season in the Tropics 1866

Oil Painting
$3307
Canvas Print
$80.89
SKU: CFE-8429
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 142.9 x 214 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, USA

Twilight (Catskill Mountain), 1858 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Twilight (Catskill Mountain) 1858

Oil Painting
$2881
Canvas Print
$80.71
SKU: CFE-8431
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 60.6 x 91.1 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, USA

Mountain Landscape (Our Banner in the Sky), c.1861 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Mountain Landscape (Our Banner in the Sky) c.1861

Oil Painting
$334
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8432
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 19.1 x 29.2 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California, USA

The Aegean Sea, c.1877 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

The Aegean Sea c.1877

Oil Painting
$3096
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8433
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 137.2 x 160.7 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Parthenon, 1871 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

The Parthenon 1871

Oil Painting
$3777
Canvas Print
$74.31
SKU: CFE-8434
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 113 x 184.5 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Heart of the Andes, 1859 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Heart of the Andes 1859

Oil Painting
$7790
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8435
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 168 x 302.9 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Cayambe, 1858 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Cayambe 1858

Oil Painting
$1971
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8436
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 30.5 x 45.7 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

A Passing Storm, 1849 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

A Passing Storm 1849

Oil Painting
$1569
Canvas Print
$48.59
SKU: CFE-8437
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 35.9 x 30.5 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

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