Monday, March 16, 2020

Church's Palm Trees

Frederic Edwin Church, American, 1826–1900, oil sketch showing the top of one palm tree, with a glorious crown of palm fronds, beside a pair of coarse, scaly trunks belonging to two different palm trees, June 1865, oil on paperboard
I'm guessing he painted this over a prepared gradation for the sky color. Click on the image to get the full study.

4 comments:

Fhinn said...

That detail is incredible. How did they size paper back then? I'm thankful we have quick and easy acrylic gesso to use these days. ... do you know how big this picture was?

Stephen and Nyree said...

That is amazing detail. What size is the original?

liz bengtson said...

beautiful work on the leaves! thank for sharing, James.

ChrisW said...

I am always amazed at seeing the details of their palm trees. Some of my favorite painting to see when I go to the National Gallery in Washington DC!