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Frederic Church (Published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art) Hardcover – 18 Oct 2005

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'A handsome and generously illustrated book.' -- Burlington Magazine, September 2006

About the Author

John K. Howat is Curator Emeritus at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars " Breathtaking " 20 May 2013
By savannah artist16 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the catalog from a Church retrospective from 2005 that must have been a real treat for those that attended it. Unfortunantley I did not, but this book is the next best thing. One reviewer said that the images were too dark in comparison to the originals. No painting can ever be 100% accurate in the reproduction to the printed format, but having seen several of these paintings first hand I can say that I am not disappointed in the least with their quality.

Fredric Church is the painter that made me reevaluate the importance, passion and energy that landscapes have in the visual arts. Before being exposed to his work I felt that landscape painting was boring. After seeing his work, I realized how wrong I was. Church has captured the magistey and grandure of nature in a way that in my opinion has not ever been surpassed and only equaled by a few.

This book was worth every penny that I spent on it and if you are looking for " The Book " On Church, this is the one to buy!
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Church. 9 Dec. 2013
By Pablo Critton - Published on Amazon.com
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Paid a pretty penny for the Frederic Church book, and it was worth it. The only monograph on Church covering his entire output, this book was a great introduction to Church and his masterful Hudson river school paintings and drawings. As the rightful heir to Thomas Cole, Church has made an indelible mark on American landscape art, and this book offers a compelling argument for the innovative approach Church had toward portraying nature in his own unique style and technique. The only drawback is an obvious lack of full page reproductions of his paintings, many being squeezed in to the text or given a half page at most. Otherwise Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here is the most comprehensive comparision/review, of the ONLY 2 books on Frederick Church! 16 Feb. 2007
By G. Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
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Book #1: By Franklin Kelly - National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Press (1989)

Book #2: By John K. Howat - Yale University Press (2005)

(All numbers given, are for the numbered reproductions in Book #2.)

Paintings in Book #2 (in Color), that are NOT in Book #1 -

#1, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, 24, 25, 27, 29, 40, 41, 42, 48, 53, 60, 66, 67, 68, 70, 73, 74, 75, 81, 82, 86, 94, 95, 96, 97, 114, 115, 120, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 140, 142, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 169, 182, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195

Paintings in Color in Book #2, that are ONLY in Black & White in Book #1 -

#16, 21, 117, 124, 126, 134, 177, 181, 185, 189

(I didn't include any of the details, drawings, sketches, or photographs.)

I made comparisons of every reproduction, where both books had the same paintings. Here is a simplified overview, of which book had the best reproduction:


#22, 26, 46, 53, 65, 72, 92, 118, 137, 175


#17, 28, 31, 33, 34, 38, 41, 47, 49, 50, 51, 69, 71, 83, 113, 116, 125, 128, 168, 178, 180

The others were either EQUAL, or there was just a slight preference between the two.

Overall, the printing and the paper stock, is better in Book #2.

The main fault of the reproductions in Book #2 (that are better in Book #1), is they are too dark. And the main fault of the reproductions in Book #1, is that many of the reproductions are too yellow (or red, etc.).

The TITLES were different (most likely wrong in Book #1) for these paintings -

#49 (!), 53, 134, 179 (!), 185

#160 is CROPPED in Book #2! (The entire bottom, and the right-hand side).

There were many differences in the SIZE of the reproductions - too many to mention.

(Overall, Book #1 had larger reproductions, but of course had fewer paintings.)

Book #1: "FREDERICK EDWIN CHURCH" - 205 illustrations, 75 in color - 211 pages

Book #2: "FREDERICK CHURCH" - 198 illustrations, 154 in color - 213 pages

Geoffrey Chandler - February 15, 2007 - San Francisco, California

P.S. The guy who wrote the earlier review was dead wrong. This is NOT "pricey", it's a bargain!
4.0 out of 5 stars American Landscape 30 Jun. 2008
By Cheryl - Published on Amazon.com
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The reproductions in this book are dark compared to the originals I've seen, but the text is informative and does a good job of exploring Church as an artist and his influence on the artists who followed him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book about an excellent artist 30 April 2012
By dc_x - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Living in Washington DC, I developed an interest in American artists by visiting the National Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art museum. I especially like the landscape painters, and in particular those that created the huge, spectacular canvases in the 1800s (Church, Bierstadt, Cole, Moran). I found this book about Frederic Church in my local library and I intended to just use it to browse his famous works, which are reproduced beautifully. However, I got to reading the text and I became engrossed in reading about Church's life and how a successful artist got by in 19th century America. It's very interesting to read about his travels to South America, Europe and the Middle East, and how he mounted exhibitions of his work. It's interesting to find out that even artists had to have some entrepeneurial spirit in the USA of the 1800s!

Although I've seen such famous works as the Niagara Falls (Corcoran Gallery, DC) and The Heart of the Andes (Met, NY), this book made me eager to seek out some of the others, so if I find myself in Dallas in the future I'll be sure to check out his spectacular Iceberg painting.

The only negative I have about the book is that it didn't say much about the scenes that were painted by Church. For example, there's a whole chapter about The Heart of the Andes but it wasn't made clear if this was an actual real landscape that had been painted or whether it was a creation of Church that was based on sketches of different locations.

Finally, after enjoying the book so much I thought it would be nice to buy it, but it seems to be out of print now and the prices of the Amazon sellers are rather high. Hopefully the publisher will reprint it.
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