Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

Twilight in the Wilderness (detail)

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Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation

Abstract

Church created this painting by combining several different sketches made in Maine and New York. The dramatic light electrifying the entire composition is based on sunsets he witnessed from the window of his New York City studio.Perhaps the artist intended twilight to suggest the end of a cosmic cycle---a meaning that coincides with the feeling that the Civil War would change American civilization forever. The panoramic splendor created by brilliant clouds floating above a tranquil landscape also suggests the divine authority of "manifest destiny," the idea that Americans of European stock had a right to the continent.

Keywords

Cleveland, Ohio, United States, New York, NY., United States, Style: Luminism, School: American Hudson River School, Movement: Romantic, Painting, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: Luminism; School: American Hudson River School; Movement: Romantic; Painting

Subject: geographic

Cleveland, Ohio, United States; New York, NY., United States

Time Period

1860

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-PUF0013

Twilight in the Wilderness (detail)

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