Frederic Edwin Church THE 19th Century American landscape artist.
The time for drawing and creating seriously diminished.
The time for discovering and relishing in what others have done with a mastery strangely enough increased.
I'm not one for landscapes...well not until I (virtually) saw Churches' 7 foot wide Aurora Borealis. This masterpiece is anchoring the To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape at the Peabody Essex Museum. (Runs from 8 November through 1 March, 2009.)
I had to dig further.
and... found a master.
The purpose of this post is not to bore you with my interpretation of his work, or the impact it has on me, or even to tell you that he was born in Connecticut on May 4th 1826 and died 74 years later in New York his reputation firmly established and incredibly well respected.
The purpose is rather to let you enjoy in silence the magnificence of his work.
However, before I bring on this silence, let me just throw in a few jumbled (loud) words so descriptive of his grand legacy.
Ephemeral, extraordinary, meticulous, topographically exact, greying greens, "Wagnerian Weather" (Adrian Searle, The Guardian), romantic, phenomenal, grandeur, dramatical, substancial, technical genius, immense, magnificent...
Enough said... Here is the jaw dropping painting for your own special viewing followed by a selection of the Master's work.
"Iceberg Flotante", 1859, Frederic Church.
"Vale of St Thomas", 1865
"Icebergs and Wreck in Sunset", 1860
"Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp"
"Niagara from Canadian side", 1857
"View from Olana in the Snow", 1873
"Heart of the Andes"
Hope you enjoyed your virtual"getaway" as much as I did.
cheerio until then.