Frederic Edwin Church
North America, American
22 3/8 in. x 33 1/2 in. (56.83 cm x 85.09 cm)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, The Blount Collection
Currently On View
"American Landscape" is typical of Fredric Edwin Church’s early work, painted in the 1850s before he achieved fame as one of America's greatest landscape artists. At the height of his career Church was known for crafting grandiose scenes that appealed to urban audiences eager for vicarious, awe-inspiring experiences of the natural world.
The museum's "American Landscape" most likely depicts a site in the Catskill Mountains or in northern Maine. Church travelled to both of these areas around the time this work was painted, and its composition is similar to his work of that period, "Mount Ktaadn", depicting a mountain in Maine.
American Paintings from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 2006, cat. no. 11, p. 54.