Aurora Borealis

  • Frederic Edwin Church, Aurora Borealis, 1865, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Eleanor Blodgett, 1911.4.1

Exhibition Label
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Publication Label

The Civil War defined America and forever changed American art. American artists of this era could not depict the conflict using the conventions of European history painting, which glamorized the hero on the battlefield. Instead, America's finest painters captured the transformative impact of the war. Through landscapes and genre paintings, these artists gave voice to the nation's highest ideals and deepest concerns — illustrating a time that has been described as the second American Revolution.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Aurora Borealis
Artist
Date
1865
On View
Dimensions
56 x 83 1/2 in. (142.3 x 212.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Eleanor Blodgett

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Waterscape – boat
  • Landscape – phenomenon – aurora
  • Landscape – weather – snow
  • Waterscape – coast
  • Waterscape – sea
Object Number
1911.4.1
Palette
Emoji
Research Notes
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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