Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch
Authors: Andrew Wilton, Katherine Bourguignon, Christopher Riopelle
Beautifully illustrated book features some thirty sketches by American artist Frederic Church. Published to accompany the exhibition Through American Eyes | Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch shown at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh which celebrated one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century.
Many of the works in this book were executed in the United States, Jamaica, Europe and the Middle East over the course of his career. A number of them come from Olana, the artist’s magnificent home overlooking the Hudson River and now a New York State historic site. An introductory essay by Andrew Wilton is accompanied by detailed commentaries on the featured works.
Frederic Church (1826–1900) rose to fame as a member of the Hudson River School, which inaugurated the great tradition of American landscape painting. He was also a leading proponent of the landscape oil sketch made quickly out-of-doors, in front of the subject. Such informal and spontaneous works often served as preparatory studies for large-scale paintings, and played a vital role in landscape practice and pedagogy in both Europe and America from the mid-nineteenth century to around 1900.
Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: National Gallery Company