View on the Magdalena River (Primary Title)

Frederic Edwin Church, American, 1826 - 1900 (Artist)

Oil on canvas
Framed: 35 × 47 × 3 7/8 in. (88.9 × 119.38 × 9.84 cm)
Unframed: 23 3/4 × 36 in. (60.33 × 91.44 cm)

This depiction of the pleasantly languid Magdalena River derives from Frederic Church’s 1853 expedition through the present-day nations of Colombia and Ecuador. Replete with the meticulously rendered exotic flora and fauna that he viewed firsthand, View on the Magdalena River represents no one specific site but rather a composite of the rivers, grasslands, and mountainous terrain of South America. Along his journey, Church sketched his observations, including a simple adobe church in the town of Naré and the volcano Puracé that the artist-explorer summited, combining them into this painting after returning to his New York City studio. When Church exhibited the painting at the 1857 Annual Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, prominent art critic Clarence Cook remarked that it was “one of the freshest, and sweetest, and most seducing pictures of the exhibition.”

J. Harwood and Louise B. Cochrane Fund for American Art; Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund, and Estate of Hildegarde Graham van Roijen, by exchange
Cross Pollination: Martin Johnson Heade, Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, and our Contemporary Moment, Cummer Museum of Art, Jacksonville, FL, October 24, 2020 - January 17, 2021; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC, February 19, - May 23, 2021; Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY, June 12 - October 31, 2021; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, November 20, 2021 - March 23, 2022

A Wilder Image Bright: Hudson River School Paintings from the Manoogian Collection
Vero Beach Museum of Art, January 31—March 28, 2004

American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection
National Gallery of Art, Washington, June 4—September 4, 1989
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, September 23—November 26, 1989
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 18, 1989—February 25, 1990
Detroit Institute of Arts, March 27—May 27, 1990

Annual Exhibition
National Academy of Design, 1857.

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