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Flashback Photo: Frederic Church, Hudson River School Painter

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Frederic Church was born into a wealthy family in Hartford, Conn., which allowed him to become one of the central figures of the Hudson River School of painting.

Church was born on May 4, 1826, to Eliza and Joseph Church. His father made his money as a silversmith and watchmaker, and later became a director of the Aetna Life Insurance Company. His father’s father founded the first paper mill in Lee, Mass.

Eighteen-year-old Frederic Church was introduced to Thomas Cole by Daniel Wadsworth, a family friend and neighbor who founded the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School, and he took Church on as his only pupil.

Unlike other painters of the day, Church didn't go to Europe, but headed to South America to paint. It worked well for him. He earned money and fame, and he was called the 'Michelangelo of Landscape Art.'

Here are some of our favorite paintings by Frederic Church:

The Icebergs

The Icebergs

 

Aurora Borealis

Aurora Borealis

 

Twilight in the Wilderness

Twilight in the Wilderness

 

Ooosisoak

Ooosisoak

 

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