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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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In 1860, an American painter by the name Fredric Edwin Church painted a masterpiece painting an oil painting masterpiece by the name Twilight in the Wilderness. In this art, the woodlands on the Northern US are shown against the sun, that is setting, and as it sets, it intensely colours the dramatic altocumulus clouds.

Altocumulus clouds are middle altitude clouds which belong to the stratocumuli form physical category. They are the ones shown on the Twilight in the Wilderness painting. The painter describes this meticulous painting as one of his most exquisite paintings and goes on to add that this piece is the single most impressive example of his depiction of the unsullied North American Woodlands. The Twilight in the Wilderness is his north America’s most popular representation in the 19th century.

In this painting, he particularly envisioned Mount Katahdin in Maine, two years before it. Just as his other pieces of works, this one was painted after travelled and documented a sight. While he was on his stay, he compiled oil sketches and drawings which Church would later complete since he had already the blueprints of the particular paintings. While doing his oil sketches, Church ensured that all the slightest details were taken to account even though someone can overlook these small details while trying to focus on the primary, vast landscape.

Churches works entailed focusing on the inspiring nature in comparison to man. He has also done some magnificent works, including Niagra that depicts an absolute size of the falls with a dropping horizon on the background. This gives the viewer a real sense of the size of nature. When it comes to the colour schemes and techniques used by this artist in not only the Twilight in the Wilderness, you will notice that Church somewhat adds an aspect of scientific realism to his works. When you look at the colour section, you will also see that he uses the sun to be the only source of light in this painting and also most of his masterpieces.

In the Twilight in the Wilderness, for example, the amber glow of sunset peers through the clouds. There is also an orange-yellow glow right in the background. The sunset in this painting is nearing the end of the day, probably the last hour of the day when sunlight cuts through the clouds and glitters on the lake. This is precisely how it happens, and one would term it as the exactness of nature, which Fredric Edwin Church has these colours selectively, in this and most of his paintings. This shows just how much this painter was in tune with nature, and the sunset photos are just how he articulated the scenes of nature he observed in his trips. The colours also articulate to Church’s message about the sublimity of nature.

Twilight in the Wilderness in Detail Frederic Edwin Church