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.
This poster is a reproduction of Frederic Edwin Church's Niagara (1857). Church's majestic canvas reveals the vista from the Canadian shore and is based on oil and pencil sketches he made during several visits to the site in 1856. He was the first to render the spectacle on such a grand scale and with such fine detail, naturalism, and immediacy. The sense of realism is heightened by the non-traditional, panoramic format. Niagara's tremendous success, both in the United States and abroad, secured Frederic Edwin Church's status as the most famous American painter of his time. The acquisition of Niagara by the young Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1876 solidified the institution's reputation and inspired other major artists to seek representation in the collection.
- 38 x 20 inches