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Tropical Scenery

Frederic Edwin Church

American Art

The soft outlines and suffused golden light of this placid Ecuadorian landscape lend it a nostalgic sensibility. When Frederic Edwin Church painted this work, nearly fifteen years had passed since his previous visit to South America. Altered perhaps by the veil of memory or the mellowing that comes with greater age, Church’s later renderings of the Ecuadorian Andes relinquished the scientific purposefulness and drama of his earlier paintings (see below) in favor of more generalized views and quieter moods.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 1873
    DIMENSIONS 38 5/16 x 59 15/16 in. (97.3 x 152.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower center: "F.E. Church / -73"
    COLLECTIONS American Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 63.150
    CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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    CAPTION Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826-1900). Tropical Scenery, 1873. Oil on canvas, 38 5/16 x 59 15/16 in. (97.3 x 152.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 63.150
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