Our Art / Frederic Edwin Church
One of the first prominent American landscape painters, Church (1826–1900) was a central figure in the Hudson River School. This school of painters was best known for hyperreal landscapes, which came to define the first well-acknowledged American artistic movement. Church's paintings put an emphasis on romantic respect for natural detail in paintings bathed in light, a style that attempted to capture the feelings of discovery and appreciation for natural beauty, and the wild realism of an unsettled America that was quickly disappearing.
The technical skill in his painting comes in the form of Luminism, a Hudson River School innovation particularly present in Church's works in their pervasive use of light and the attempt to “hide brushstrokes,” rendering the scene more realistic and lessening the artist’s presence in the work.