November 2021 Bar Bulletin
Friends, I do enjoy an immense canvas. Bierstadt comes readily to mind but with all the civil war talk circulating in right-wing echo chambers, I’ve been revisiting Church. Frederic Edwin Church, that is.
Part of the Hudson River School, Church painted romantic, pastoral scenes. Often hiding his brush strokes to make a smooth surface; occasionally narrating with light effects; and sometimes leading the eye across the horizontal axis, Church could be considered a luminist. But if Church’s work is luminist, it is so not only in style but also in the truths it highlights.
When our Republic was first threatened by slave-owning secessionists and poor whites too ignorant to realize...