Frederic Edwin Church: Texture in Art

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Tamara Cleland
Art Appreciation
Tuesdays and Thursdays
August 15, 2012
Paper Assignment Texture

Art is composed of many different elements. In this case however, the element being the focus of attention is texture. According to the book, Foundations of Art and Design by Lois Fichner, “Aesthetic experiences are shaped by senses other than sight. Perhaps the most basic of these is touch”. (118). This quote by the author clearly shows that texture is fundamental in art. Many works of art do contain texture. One artist by the name of Frederic Edwin Church, clearly shows texture in his works.

Briefly stating, Frederic Edwin Church was born on May 4, 1826, and died on April 7, 1900. Wikipedia states that, “He was an American landscape painter from Hartford, Connecticut. He was a central figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters.” (Wikipedia, Frederic Edwin Church, Web. August 15, 2012)

Frederic Edwin Church was a pupil of the landscape painter named Thomas Cole. In the years of 1844 to 1886, Frederic Edwin Church studied with Thomas Cole in his New York Studio, and even traveled to the Catskill Mountains and the Berkshires of Massachusetts. There was a moment when Thomas Cole quoted that Church, “has the finest eye for drawing in the world”. Eventually Church became situated in his own studio in New York. In 1857 Church became widely known for his painting Niagara which was seven feet wide. This created great attention from observers and fans in both Great Britain and New York. He traveled to many parts of the world with entrepreneurs and explorers. One of the most famous explorers he traveled with was Alexander Von Humboldt. During their time they traveled to South America, Colombia, and Ecuador. In 1859 Church’s ten foot painting, The Heart of The Andes, was exhibited in New York where it attracted 12,000 people in just three weeks. (Avery Kevin J. Department of American Sculpture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art....
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