Frederic Edwin Church (May 4, 1826 – April 7, 1900) was an American landscape painter and a central figure of the Hudson River School. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His father was a successful silversmith and businessman, so Church had time and supplies to pursue art as a career. When he was eighteen, he began to study under Thomas Cole, who was the most distinguished artist of the first generation of Hudson River School.
Mr. Church was known for his tremendous ability to display light in his works. Church painted panoramic views of many mountains, sunsets, and waterfalls with many realistic details. He traveled widely in the United States and South America, and he produced art everywhere he went.
The Hudson River School was a group of American artists who were influenced by Romanticism. They painted the beauty of the American countryside as well as the majestic mountains and picturesque rivers.
Portrait Credit: By Mathew Brady – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72995658