Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch

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Author and Contributors

Andrew Wilton was formerly Keeper and Senior Research Fellow at Tate Britain. He has published widely on English and American art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is co-author of American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820–1880.

Katherine Bourguignon is the Associate Curator at the Terra Foundation for American Art Europe.

Christopher Riopelle is Curator of Post-1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, London.

The American Painter 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 rapidly 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.

This book features some thirty sketches Church 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.

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Product Information

Product Code 1035063
ISBN 9781857095500
colour Illustrations 43
format Paperback
pages 72
published 25 January 2013
publisher National Gallery Company
Dimensions 235 X 197 mm

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