The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church
The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church

The Heart of the Andes

The Heart of the Andes c1859 by American Painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900); specialized in landscape paintings and was a central figure in the Hudson River School Movement.

This is an all encompassing landscape painting of the Andes mountains that shows the snow capped high mountains and the rugged beauty of the low mountains as they stretch down into the valley below.

With trees in abundance in this beautiful terrain scene we also see the waterfall that is generated by a flowing river and on the bank to the left a man and his children gather near to what seems like a grave site with a large cross mounted in a stone pedestal.

In the far distance we can see a small village that is by the bank of another river and part of a terrain of trees.

This is a remastered digital art reproduction of a public domain image that is available for purchase as a canvas print online.

Information below derived from Wikipedia.org

Frederic was the son of Eliza (1796 – 1883) and Joseph Church (1793 – 1876) a successful silversmith and jeweler as well as a director of several financial firms; though he had brothers and sisters only his two sisters lived into adult.

His mother’s brother, Adrian Janes (1798 – 1869), owned an iron foundry in the Bronx, New York which created iron work for the Capitol Dome of the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C., the Bow Bridge in Central Park, New York City and railings for the Brooklyn Bridge.

The wealth that his family accumulated allowed Frederic to pursue his interest in art from a very early age and at the age of 18 years in 1844, was able to become a pupil of the landscape artist and founder of the Hudson River School, British Painter Thomas Cole (1801 – 1848).

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