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Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage

Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage
June 2, 2018–August 26, 2018

This exhibition opens to the public at noon on June 2, 2018.

Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage is the first exhibition to bring together Church’s highly detailed compositions of sacred terrain in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. A leading painter of 19th-century America and the Hudson River School, Frederic Church (1826–1900) was born in Hartford, Connecticut and had deep ties to the Wadsworth Atheneum, which maintains significant holdings of his early landscapes. The museum’s founder, Daniel Wadsworth, arranged for Church’s apprenticeship with painter Thomas Cole, the father of the Hudson River School.

From the mid-1850s until the early 1870s, Church was the most popular, most written about, and the most financially successful painter in the United States. A specialist in landscape, he traveled to remote places to sketch majestic scenes unfamiliar to his American audience that he could turn into dramatic, large-scale paintings. Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage explores an artist’s journey to the other side of the world—not only to paint historical and biblical sites, but to also discover his faith and broaden his worldview.

The exhibition is organized by Kenneth J. Myers, curator of American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts and will be accompanied by a major catalogue.

Exhibition Venues
Detroit Institute of Arts, October 22, 2017–January 14, 2018
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC, February 8, 2018–May 13, 2018
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, June 2, 2018–August 26, 2018

Exhibition Support
This exhibition has been organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. A significant loan of objects has been provided by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Major support provided by Duff Ashmead & Eric Ort and Sharon & Henry Martin.

Program support provided in part by the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by Newman’s Own Foundation and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.