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Frederic Edwin Church: Romantic Landscapes and Seascapes Hardcover – January 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Adelson; First Edition edition (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974162175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974162171
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...transcends the status of museum catalog..."—Northeast Antiques

"If you like Frederic Church or the Hudson River School of painting, this exhibition is a must-see experience. If cannot attend the exhibition, then reading the book and looking at the color plates in it will be the next best thing. It is loaded with color plates, 112 of them that are done in an achingly sharp, high-quality manner. While the illustrations are praiseworthy, it is the paintings themselves and Carr's essays that make the book truly noteworthy."—Schenectady Gazette

About the Author

GERALD L. CARR, Ph. D., head of the Frederic Edwin Church Catalogue Raisonne Project, has contributed three illuminating essays that provide fascinating and essential historical background for understanding the works in the context of the development of nineteenth-century art and its nascent market.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark Roland on March 10, 2009
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Fredrick Edwin Church is generally acknowledged as being the greatest American landscape painter of the 19th century. I believe he is one of the best painters, period, to have taken on the task of revealing and capturing, in oil on canvas, the magnificent pageantry of the natural world-- skies, mountains, forests, waters, even icebergs. His ability to render intricate botanical and geological detail combined with luminous atmospheric effects, is unsurpassed.

In recent times, we have been fortunate to have had at least 3 significant books devoted to his work, the 1989 Fredrick Edwin Church, published in conjunction with the major show of his work at the National Gallery, 2005's Fredrick Church, by John Howat, and now Fredrick Edwin Church, Romantic Landscapes and Seascapes, the subject of this review.

This book is essentially the catalogue of 37 paintings that comprised a recent 2 city exhibition, and it presents them in great detail. The main limitation of this book and the exhibit it documents, is that unlike the National Galley show, we have only a few of Church's major works included. Well over half the paintings are studies or minor paintings. There are, however, significant paintings that we can now more fully appreciate, like The Aegean Sea, that was previously only available as a tiny thumbnail, and others I have never seen before in any form. A number of his lesser known later works, that focused on the old world, as opposed to his more popular new world vistas, are also included here. Had the book contained only these works, it would be a nice addition for a serious collector of Church, but the second section greatly widens its range and appeal to the general collector.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By working artist on October 17, 2010
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A decent book with a fair number of good quality reproductions. However, a lot of them are small (half page or less and the book itself is not big)and Church's work needs to be seen big. The selection is also not great since quite a few of his most notable pieces are missing. I probably would have passed on this if I had flipped through it in a book store verses buying online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Protogenesis on July 26, 2014
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- the book arrived promptly, and after initial inspection I found it disappointing. There is plenty of accompanying text but I really do not like how the images were laid out. For the most part these are landscape (no pun intended) oriented images on a portrait page layout - you can imagine how much wasted negative space there is top and bottom. Some larger images span on a page and a half, but that is also not ideal as you have too deal with having to really lay them flat in order to encompass the entire photo and appreciate the work.
My idea was to possibly use this book as a reference and inspiration for my own paintings and study them in bit more detail, but that is obviously out the window; ironically Church painted on a very large scale, and these small images really do no justice to his technique and work.
Lastly, about the condition of this book - I am well aware that the book I purchased was used ( have plenty of those, nothing wrong with them, they have more character if anything) but this unfortunate fella is completely warped - I am not sure if it got wedged or got distorted due to very high humidity, but what ever happened to it but it had to be pretty substantial. I hate when books get neglected like this - and I am not sure if the shipping carrier contributed to its present state too.
- real bummer as I was really looking forward to this one.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Middleton on March 3, 2008
Carr, in this stunning volume, has collected the best of Church, a painter with extraordinary talent, considered a neo-classist artist, (Romantic) who has not been recognized for his pure genius.

Neo Classicism spawned in Europe and in the United States sometime during the late 18 and 19th centuries, and continues to be practiced in present time. During this period, the artist began to emulate those artists of 'Realism', harkening back to the Renaissance and the ancient Greeks.

While Expressionism and Impressionism began to predominate the art world at the end of the 18th century and well into the next, neo-classicism remains and, in most 'artistic circles' has been ridiculed for returning to an old form rather than moving forward.

Needless to say, however, the neo-classicist artist is well educated and quite familiar with the Canon; well versed... these artists have produced stunning work, and at the same time, can splash water colours across a white canvas and call it "art", i.e, Sidney Pollack, Andy Warhol's screens, etc. Original, perhaps, an advancement in Art?...but to my mind, haphazardly splashing paint on a canvas or screening photo's like Warhol's famous Marlyn Monroe with the swiftness of an assembly line, (Earning absurd amounts of money) makes me wonder if it really is 'Art'?

One of my favourite 'modern' artists is the Austrian, Gustave Klimt. Klimt began as a portrait painter, painting the rich, royalty, famous and infamous, to then branch off and start a new movement which eventually led to German Expressionism.

When one views his work, we can see he is informed of arts foundations, educated in Classicism. In fact he has created some of the most stunning paintings during and after the First World War.
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