Frederic Edwin Church
(1826-1900)
Moses Viewing the Promised Land, 1846
Oil on academy board, 10 x 12 1/2 inches
Private Collection

Frederic Edwin Church: In Search of the Promised Land

March 31 – June 30, 2000

New York, NY – A major exhibition of works by Frederic Edwin Church will be exhibited by Berry-Hill Galleries from April 25 to July 15, 2000. Church is the most famous and distinguished American landscape painter of the nineteenth century, and the foremost member of the second generation of the Hudson River School. Berry-Hill’s exhibition commemorates the centenary of the artist’s death and the memorial exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1900, and is the first major Church exhibition in New York since the National Collection of Fine Art’s traveling show 35 years ago. In Search of the Promised Land is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Following its venue at Berry-Hill Galleries the show will travel to The Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, The Portland Art Museum, Oregon and The Portland Museum of Art, Maine.

In Search of the Promised Land will be comprised of 52 paintings, most of them lent by museums and private collectors. The exhibition will feature some of the artist’s most memorable and monumental canvases including The Parthenon from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cotopaxi from the Detroit Institute of Art and Morning in the Tropics from the National Gallery of Art. In addition to the monumental canvases the
exhibition covers a range of medium size and small intimate pictures, which he created either as studies for the major works or as personal sketches.

Known at first for his ravishing views of domestic scenery, particularly of the Hudson Valley region, Church was a visionary painter who explored far-off places from the Arctic North to the South American tropics to the exotic Near East. His magnificent home and studio overlooking the Hudson, which he called “Olana”-- referring to the Latin name of a “treasure - storehouse” in Persia near one of the presumed sites of the earthly Paradise -- was recognized as one of the architectural wonders of its time and is a melange of the Oriental and Moorish styles that he so admired. In Search of the Promised Land will open with a benefit for the Friends of Olana who support the preservation and enhancement of this cultural landmark where many of the artist’s finest works can be seen.