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Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
June 2 – August 26, 2018

Frederic E. Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas 56×85 in., 10.11.  Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy, Collection Detroit Institute of Arts.

Artist Frederic Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. But from the late 1860s until the late 1870s, many of his most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings from his trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. While Church’s paintings of the New World subjects focused on nature, his Old World subjects explore human history. This exhibition brings together nearly all of Church’s most important paintings of the Middle East, Athens and Rome to explore what motivated this major shift in his artistic work. Read more.

Objects:
Frederic Edwin Church, Southwest Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 13 x 21 15/16 inches. OL.1980.40recto [DIA only]
Frederic Edwin Church, East Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 14 11/16 x 21 7/8 inches. OL.1980.41recto
Frederic Edwin Church, Sketch for Stencil Decorations, 1871-1872. Pencil and watercolor on off-white paper, 12 x 19 1/8 inches. OL.1982.665
Frederic Edwin Church, On the Mediterranean, 1882. Oil on canvas, 14 3/8 x 22 5/8 inches. OL.1992.1.A
Frederic Edwin Church, Olive Trees, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1980.1892.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb and Corinthian Tomb, Petra, 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1981.52.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Parthenon and the Acropolis, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 11 ½ x 20 ¼ inches. OL.1981.74.A.B

The Rockies & the Alps Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains

POSTED ON May 25th  - POSTED IN On The Road

The Newark Museum
March 24 – August 19, 2018

The Rockies and the Alps places Newark’s renowned collection of 19th-century landscape painting in dialogue with European alpine painting of the same period. This visually stunning exhibition will explore mountain landscape art in the United States and Europe through paintings, photographs, prints, sketch books, travel literature, and scientific specimens. Read more.

Objects:

Frederic Edwin Church, Rainbow Near Berchtesgaden, Germany, July-August 1868, Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 ¼ x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1980.1883.
Frederic Edwin Church, Obersee, Germany, July 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 ¼ inches. OL.1981. 31.A.B.
Frederic Edwin Church, The Bridge at Ponte Grande, September 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1981.24.A.B.

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

POSTED ON May 25th  - POSTED IN On The Road

National Gallery, London
June 11 – October 7, 2018

Celebrated as one of America’s preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the Industrial Revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to create some of his most ambitious works and inspire a new generation of American painters. This exhibition examines for the first time the artist’s career in relation to his European roots and travels, establishing Cole as a major figure in 19th-century landscape art within a global context. It concludes with an examination of Cole’s extraordinary legacy in the work of the next generation of American landscape painters whom he personally mentored, notably Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church. Read more.

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN On The Road

The Frances Lehman Loeb Arts Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
September 21 – December 9, 2018

Horseshoe Falls and Table Rock, ca. 1856–57, Frederic Church (American 1826–1900), Oil on canvas, Collection Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation OL.1981.9.A.B

Past Time: Geology in European and American Art looks at sketches and studies made by European and American artists from the 1770s to the 1890s who were engaged with a new, scientific emphasis on the Earth. In this arguably golden age of art and science, artists traveled and investigated the land internationally, noting Earth’s craggy features keenly in their watercolors, drawings, and oil sketches made on the spot or back in the studio. From a topographical, often strata-focused means to a later mode that evoked nature’s great transformational powers over time, this major loan exhibition explores European and American artists pursuing geological wonders. Read more.

Objects:

Frederic Edwin Church, Cliffs and Rocky Cove, Mount Desert Island, August 1850. Oil sketch on cardboard, 12 1/8 x 16 1/8 inches. OL.1978.22
Frederic Edwin Church, Mount Chimborazo at Sunset, 1857. Oil on academy board, 12 x 21 7/16 inches, OL.1980.1884
Frederic Edwin Church, Horseshoe Falls and Table Rock, 1856-1857. Oil on canvas, 17 5/8 x 11 5/8 inches, OL.1981.9.A.B
Natural History Specimen: Fossilized sandstone with fish tail and spine, 6 1/8 x 5 1/8 x 5/8 inches. OL.1989.216
Natural History Specimen: Stone with 12 embedded black fossils. 1 3/8 x 5/8 x ½ inches, OL.1989.288

The Color of the Moon

POSTED ON May 25th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
February 9-May 12, 2019

James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
June 1-September 8, 2019

Details to follow.

Object: Frederic Edwin Church, Moonrise (The Rising Moon), January – March, 1865. Oil on canvas, 10 x 17 inches. OL.1981.11.A.B

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

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Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
February 9 – May 13, 2018

Frederic E. Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas 56×85 in., 10.11.  Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy, Collection Detroit Institute of Arts.

Artist Frederic Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. But from the late 1860s until the late 1870s, many of his most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings from his trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. While Church’s paintings of the New World subjects focused on nature, his Old World subjects explore human history. This exhibition brings together nearly all of Church’s most important paintings of the Middle East, Athens and Rome to explore what motivated this major shift in his artistic work. Read more.

Objects: Frederic Edwin Church, Southwest Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 13 x 21 15/16 inches. OL.1980.40recto [DIA only]
Frederic Edwin Church, East Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 14 11/16 x 21 7/8 inches. OL.1980.41recto
Frederic Edwin Church, Sketch for Stencil Decorations, 1871-1872. Pencil and watercolor on off-white paper, 12 x 19 1/8 inches. OL.1982.665
Frederic Edwin Church, On the Mediterranean, 1882. Oil on canvas, 14 3/8 x 22 5/8 inches. OL.1992.1.A
Frederic Edwin Church, Olive Trees, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1980.1892.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb and Corinthian Tomb, Petra, 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1981.52.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Parthenon and the Acropolis, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 11 ½ x 20 ¼ inches. OL.1981.74.A.B

Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
January 30 – May 13, 2018

Celebrated as one of America’s preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the Industrial Revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to create some of his most ambitious works and inspire a new generation of American painters. This exhibition examines for the first time the artist’s career in relation to his European roots and travels, establishing Cole as a major figure in 19th-century landscape art within a global context. It concludes with an examination of Cole’s extraordinary legacy in the work of the next generation of American landscape painters whom he personally mentored, notably Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church. Read more.

Object: Frederic Edwin Church, Clouds Over Olana, August 1872. Oil on off-white paper, 8 x 12 1/8 inches. OL.1976.1

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

POSTED ON November 6th  - POSTED IN On The Road

Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

Detroit Institute of Arts
October 22, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Frederic E. Church, Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas 56×85 in., 10.11.  Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy, Collection Detroit Institute of Arts.

Artist Frederic Church was the most popular and financially successful painter in mid-19th-century America, best known for his large paintings of wild places in North and South America, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. But from the late 1860s until the late 1870s, many of his most important paintings represented ancient cities or buildings from his trip to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. While Church’s paintings of the New World subjects focused on nature, his Old World subjects explore human history. This exhibition brings together nearly all of Church’s most important paintings of the Middle East, Athens and Rome to explore what motivated this major shift in his artistic work. Read more.

Objects:

Frederic Edwin Church, Southwest Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 13 x 21 15/16 inches. OL.1980.40recto [DIA only]
Frederic Edwin Church, East Façade, Olana, c. 1870. Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 14 11/16 x 21 7/8 inches. OL.1980.41recto
Frederic Edwin Church, Sketch for Stencil Decorations, 1871-1872. Pencil and watercolor on off-white paper, 12 x 19 1/8 inches. OL.1982.665
Frederic Edwin Church, On the Mediterranean, 1882. Oil on canvas, 14 3/8 x 22 5/8 inches. OL.1992.1.A
Frederic Edwin Church, Olive Trees, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1980.1892.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb and Corinthian Tomb, Petra, 1868. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 13 x 20 1/8 inches. OL.1981.52.A.B
Frederic Edwin Church, The Parthenon and the Acropolis, Athens, 1869. Oil on paper mounted to canvas, 11 ½ x 20 ¼ inches. OL.1981.74.A.B

Pissarro: A Meeting on St. Thomas

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Ordrupgaard Museum, Denmark.
March 10-July 2, 2017

Fritz Melbye, Frederic Church, Hudson River School, FE Church, FEC, Hudson, Catskill, Denmark

Fritz Melbye, Walled Town on a Hill Above the Sea, date unknown, oil on canvas, 10 x 10 5/8 in., OL.1982.652, Collection Olana State Historic Site, NYSOPRHP

Is there a link between Danish Golden Age painting and French Impressionism? On the occasion of the centenary of the sale of the Danish West Indies, Ordrupgaard is highlighting the encounter between the Danish Golden Age painter Fritz Melbye and the later ‘father’ of French Impressionism, Camille Pissarro, on the island of St. Thomas. The exhibition Pissarro. A Meeting on St. Thomas presents new historical material that will radically challenge most people’s ideas of the birth of Impressionism.  For more information click here.

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