Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

Illuminations

November 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Publius

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...

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