Portrait of Frederic Edwin Church

Frederic Edwin Church Painting Reproductions Gallery 2 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

Otter Creek, Mt. Desert, 1850 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Otter Creek, Mt. Desert 1850

Oil Painting
$2098
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8438
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 42.5 x 61 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

El Rio de Luz (The River of Light), 1877 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

El Rio de Luz (The River of Light) 1877

Oil Painting
$3362
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8439
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 138.1 x 213.7 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, 1870 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives 1870

Oil Painting
$6181
Canvas Print
$79.18
SKU: CFE-8440
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 138 x 214.3 cm
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA

Tropical Scenery, 1873 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Tropical Scenery 1873

Oil Painting
$3110
Canvas Print
$80.40
SKU: CFE-8441
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 97.3 x 152.2 cm
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA

The Monastery of San Pedro (Our Lady of the Snows), 1879 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

The Monastery of San Pedro (Our Lady of the Snows) 1879

Oil Painting
$3024
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8442
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 118.8 x 183.2 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Storm in the Mountains, 1847 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Storm in the Mountains 1847

Oil Painting
$2278
Canvas Print
$61.33
SKU: CFE-8443
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 75.5 x 62.8 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Sunset from Olana, 1891 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Sunset from Olana 1891

Oil Painting
$918
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8444
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 11.8 x 16.3 cm
Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Pichincha, 1867 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Pichincha 1867

Oil Painting
$3117
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8445
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 78.7 x 122.4 cm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA

Aurora Borealis, 1865 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Aurora Borealis 1865

Oil Painting
$2952
Canvas Print
$49.77
SKU: CFE-8447
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 142.3 x 212.2 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, USA

Cotopaxi, 1855 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Cotopaxi 1855

Oil Painting
$3398
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8448
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 71.1 x 106.8 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, USA

The Iceberg, 1891 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

The Iceberg 1891

Oil Painting
$2080
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8449
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 50.8 x 76.2 cm
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA

Above the Clouds at Sunrise, 1849 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Above the Clouds at Sunrise 1849

Oil Painting
$2409
Canvas Print
$49.91
SKU: CFE-8450
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 69.2 x 102.2 cm
Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art, Alabama, USA

Tropical Landscape, c.1882 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Tropical Landscape c.1882

Oil Painting
$1584
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8451
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 25.4 x 40.6 cm
Private Collection

New England Landscape with Ruined Chimney, 1846 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

New England Landscape with Ruined Chimney 1846

Oil Painting
$1077
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8464
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 23.5 x 35 cm
Private Collection

View on the Magdalena River, 1857 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

View on the Magdalena River 1857

Oil Painting
$2865
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8465
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 60.3 x 91.4 cm
Private Collection

The Andes of Ecuador, 1855 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

The Andes of Ecuador 1855

Oil Painting
$3168
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8466
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 122 x 190.5 cm
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, North Carolina, USA

Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica, 1867 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Vale of St. Thomas, Jamaica 1867

Oil Painting
$2919
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8467
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 122 x 213.5 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA

Icebergs and Wreck in Sunset, c.1860 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Icebergs and Wreck in Sunset c.1860

Oil Painting
$1195
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8468
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 21 x 31 cm
Private Collection

El Khasne, Petra, 1874 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

El Khasne, Petra 1874

Oil Painting
$921
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8469
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 153 x 127.6 cm
Private Collection

The Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1852 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

The Natural Bridge, Virginia 1852

Oil Painting
$2257
SKU: CFE-8470
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 71.1 x 58.4 cm
Bayly Art Museum, Virginia , USA

Scene on the Magdalena, 1854 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Scene on the Magdalena 1854

Oil Painting
$3088
SKU: CFE-8471
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 71.1 x 106.7 cm
National Academy Museum, New York, USA

Cotopaxi, undated by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Cotopaxi undated

Oil Painting
$1090
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8472
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 19.3 x 12.4 cm
Private Collection

A Country Home, 1854 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

A Country Home 1854

Oil Painting
$3243
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-8473
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 81.3 x 129.5 cm
Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA

Hooker's Party Coming to Hartford, 1846 by Frederic Edwin Church | Painting Reproduction

Hooker's Party Coming to Hartford 1846

Oil Painting
$2620
Canvas Print
$48.82
SKU: CFE-12273
Frederic Edwin Church
Original Size: 102.2 x 152.4 cm
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, USA

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