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Through American Eyes – Frederic Church And The Landscape Oil Sketch (National Galleries of Scotland)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Renowned American artist Frederic Church travelled throughout his life, painting landscapes around the world, but was always drawn back to the scenery of his home in New York State. This modest, free exhibition charts a part of that journey through a selection of preparatory sketches in oil. Some are charmingly scrappy, capturing the changeable effects of light, weather and season in confident, quick brushstrokes. They’re straightforward but effective scenes depicting exotic environments, icebergs at sunset, and the unspoilt, sprawling America of the 1800s. In contrast to the gigantic, fully-worked ‘Niagra Falls from the American Side’ which dominates the main gallery downstairs, this is a small, pleasant collection demonstrating both the artist’s methodical process and his quiet obsession with nature.

Scottish National Gallery, until 1 Sept, 10.00am.
tw rating 3/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]