What: Frederic Church: A Painter's Pilgramage Exhibition

Organized by the Detroit Institute of Art, this exhibit features more than 50 paintings that Church completed during and after his 1867 – 1869 journey to the Near East, Rome, and Greece that he embarked on in the aftermath of the Civil War and the loss of two of his children. Church was in the process of shifting his attention from nature to history, focusing on the rise and fall of civilizations as a way of dealing with his loss that was both national and personal.

When: February 8 – May 13, 2018

Where: Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Who is Frederic Church?

Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900) was an American painter who was a significant figure in the second generation of the Hudson River School of American Art, best known for large, panoramic landscapes. In particular, Church was known for depicting his travels to remote places that few people had seen for themselves, such as Central and South America, the Near East, and the Mediterranean.

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Frederic Edwin Church, 1826 - 1900. Syria by the Sea, 1873, oil on canvas. Frame: 80 x 108 x 5 1/2 in. (203.2 x 274.3 x 14 cm) Canvas: 56 x 85 in. (142.2 x 215.9 cm) Gift of Mrs. James F. Joy.

Frederic Edwin Church, 1826 - 1900. Al Ayn (The Fountain), 1882, oil on canvas. Framed: 29 1/4 x 41 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (74.3 x 105.4 x 6.7 cm) Canvas: 23 15/16 x 36 1/4 in. (60.8 x 92.1 cm) Gift of Herbert W. Plimpton: The Hollis W. Plimpton (Class of 1915) Memorial Collection.

Frederic Edwin Church, 1826 - 1900. Syrian Landscape, 1873, oil on canvas. Frame: 23 1/4 x 30 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (59.1 x 76.8 x 8.9 cm) Canvas: 15 1/4 x 22 1/4 in (38.7 x 56.5 cm) Private Collection, courtesy of Michael Altman Fine Art and Advisory Services LLC.

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