Anatomy of an Artwork: Frederic Edwin Church's Tropical Vista

Frederic Edwin Church’s wanderlust pulled him to far-flung destinations around the globe from the Arctic to the Middle East, across the US and the Caribbean. Of the many paintings based on his travels, it is Church’s breathtaking images of South America for which he is best remembered. His 1875 Valley Of Santa Isabel, New Granada, featured in the upcoming American Art auction (23 May, New York), perfectly encapsulates the artist’s unique vision of the southern continent. Click ahead to see the individual elements Church synthesized to create this tropical masterpiece. 

American Art
23 May | New York