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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.
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, New York, NY., United States, Style: Luminism, School: American Hudson River School, Movement: Romantic, USA, Painting, Painting
Style: Luminism; School: American Hudson River School; Movement: Romantic; USA; Painting
Cleveland, Ohio, United States; New York, NY., United States
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Unknown, "Twilight in the Wilderness (detail)" (2022). Art and Art History Collection (Saskia). 3585.