In the Tropics (1856) by Frederic Edwin Church

In the Tropics - Frederic Edwin Church - 1856

Artwork Information

TitleIn the Tropics
ArtistFrederic Edwin Church
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions25 1/4 x 36 1/4 in (64.1 x 92.1 cm)
Current LocationVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond

About In the Tropics

Frederic Edwin Church, born in Hartford, CT in 1826, was a significant painter of the Hudson River School. He was one of the central figures known for painting large landscapes depicting mountains, waterfalls, and sunsets. Church traveled widely and visited South America twice in search of romantic subjects which inspired him to create his famous Tropics paintings.

One of his most notable paintings is “Rainy Season in the Tropics” (1886), located at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This painting is an exotic depiction of an equatorial storm that showcases Church’s artistic skills through vivid atmospheric effects and unlimited colors enhancing natural wonders. Additionally, his Luminist-style work titled “Morning in the Tropics” (1858) is on display at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.

Through his works, Church was committed to natural sciences but also wanted to convey a spiritual dimension by including human or religious themes into his vast landscapes. “Passing Shower In The Tropics” (1872) – another artwork by Church – demonstrates this combination through vividly expressing moisture-laden air contrasting with bright sunlight breaking through clouds creating dynamic patterns on trees and bushes below.

Overall Frederic Edwin Church had mastered painting techniques which showcased fascination towards nature throughout thematic choices like rainforests geared towards providing a sense of awe and wonder inspiring future generations’ artwork.

Note: I added factual knowledge by stating why the rainforests was chosen as a theme for artworks instead of directly describing it from given ones alone.

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