Cloud Study

Frederic Edwin ChurchMarch 1871

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Clouds shown against blue sky. At lower edge, the cream colored ground is visible.Verso: graphite landscape and cloud study with numbered annotations throughout. Verso:

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  • Title: Cloud Study
  • Creator: Frederic Edwin Church
  • Date Created: March 1871
  • Signed: Verso in graphite: March 1871
  • Physical Dimensions: w329 x h257 cm
  • Inscribed: Verso: in graphite, Splendid deep purple blue. Bank yellow brown. 6 purple grey dark with / edges clearly lighted / 2 rich yellow / 3 Dazzling orange spot clouds / 7 luminous green / grey cool / 4 rich reddish orange softened / 5 less bright / 8 not strongly defined / March 1871. In graphite at TR (upside down): Presented 1917 / by Mr. L.P. Church 586
  • Exhibitions: NY - CHNDM, Close Observation: Selected Oil Sketches by Frederic Edwin Church, (circulated by S.I.T.E.S 1978-1980); traveled to: Boston, MA- Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Pittsburgh, PA -University Art Gallery,University of Pittsburg; Wichita, KS - Wichita State Universitym, Ulrich Museum of Art; Ann Arbot, MI - University of Michigan Museum of Art; Madison, WI - University of Wisconson, Elvehjem Museum of Art; Washington, D.C. - Corcoran Gallery of Art; Ames, Iowa - Iowa State University, Brunnier Gallery; Kansas city, MO - Nelson-Atkins Museum.
  • Dimensions: Sheet: 25.7 x 32.9 cm (10 1/8 x 12 15/16 in.)Mat: 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22 in.)Frame H x W x D: 44.8 x 60.3 x 2.5 cm (17 5/8 x 23 3/4 x 1 in.)
  • Bibliography: Carr, Gerald L. Frederic Edwin Church: Catalogue Raisonné of Works of Art at Olana State Historic Site. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) p.361; 378.Stebbins, Theodore, Close Observation, Selected Oil Sketches by Frederic Edwin Church, (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978) cat. 109.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Gift of Louis P. Church
  • Medium: Brush and oil paint, graphite on paperboard.