Frederic Edwin Church: El Rio de Luz Matted 11 x 14 Print

About the Artist

Like his teacher, Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) conveyed a sense of awesome sublimity in his landscapes by celebrating the seemingly infinite wonders of the natural world. The artist devoted a great deal of time to scientific study, believing that a knowledge of optics, meteorology, botany, and ecology would greatly enhance his work. After reading the journalistic accounts of the German naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt, Church explored wilderness regions from the arctic to the equator.

Frederic Edwin Church: El Rio de Luz Matted 11 x 14 Print

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This print of Frederic Edwin Church's El Rio de Luz (The River of Light) (1877) is part of our Masterworks collection of reproductions, specially created using the Gallery's finest quality digital imaging.


El Rio de Luz (The River of Light) is a fanciful pastiche based on numerous sketches and notations that Church had made during an 1857 trip to South America. Despite the time–lapse of 20 years, the tightly focused realism, the overall tonal harmony and restrained coloration, and the compositionial unity all lend a remarkable cohesiveness to the work. Church rendered the verdant foliage with exquisite attention to detail, and his virtuoso treatment of tropical sunlight diffused by morning mist makes the atmosphere seem tangible. Red–breasted hummingbirds, a flock of waterfowl, and a distant canoeist occupy the scene, but they do not disturb the overall mood of tranquility. Confronted with the glowing light and heavy vapors of this raw landscape, the viewer is invited to liken daybreak in the tropical rainforest to the dawn of creation itself.

  • 6.38 x 10.13 inches (print),11 x 14 inches (matted)
  • Matted, ready to frame
  • Archival, premium matte paper (acid-free, lignin-free)
  • Archival pigment inks

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