Descriptive Analysis Paper Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) Rainy Season in the Tropics, 1866

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Descriptive Analysis Paper
Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)
Rainy Season in the Tropics, 1866 Oil on Canvas, 213.8 x 142.9 cm
Frederic Edwin Church is one of the most significant painters of the Hudson River School whose greatest works inspire awe about natural wonders. One of his famous works “Rainy Season in the Tropics” (1886), oil on canvas, is currently part of the Mildred Anna Williams Collection at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA. This work presents the enormous power of the nature but at the same time it calls the viewer to step into and explore the true value of the nature.
The Ecuadorian Andes, occupying most of the painting, draw the entire viewer’s attention into the misty valley below, while
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When standing right in front of the picture and looking at it I have realized that I feel the misty air, the warmth of the sunshine on my skin, a light breeze, waving my hair. The picture seems so realistic not only because of a Church’s attention to the details, but also because of the medium that he uses to create his masterpiece. Oil brushstrokes fuse gives an affect of muted light and blurred edges. The contour lines are indistinct, fusing the trees with the sky. All the nature is fused with the surrounding space. Such lines suggest liveliness and vitality, dynamics and depth.
The shapes of the picture are very soft and curvy. The diagonal shaped forms of the clouds are emotionally active, express movement and depth. The sky and the rocks, because of the curvy, asymmetrical lines seem endless. The trees overlap the rocks, and the rocks overlap the clouds hiding a secret from the viewer. This technique helps Church to increase the viewer’s desire to step into the picture and look what is behind the palms.
The mist and splashes of the waterfall are intriguing and mysterious. The rocks and the waterfalls seem to be more bluish than the forest on the foreground. They appear less intense in color. This illusion of the distance is created by decreased clarity. The composition of the work is diagonally recessive and emotionally expressive,

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