Treasures from Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church

Sunset, Jamaica, 1865. Courtesy of the Olana Partnership.

The paintings selected by Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) for his home, Olana, are part of the whole that makes Olana unique—an interior carefully orchestrated by the artist to reflect his interests, travels, and aesthetic. Olana is one of the few intact homes of an American artist and the highlight of Olana is the artist's own paintings that he chose to feature. These canvases represent the story of the artist through his own work. Treasures from Olana: Landscapes by Frederic Edwin Church is the first time that these works are traveling as a group and discussed as his personal collection. Church's landscapes gave pictorial voice to the political, social, and cultural issues that concerned the people who originally saw his paintings. A leading member of the Hudson River School, Church produced masterpieces that were praised by the American public. His one-painting exhibitions were considered major events; extraordinarily, on the last day of exhibition in New York City over two-thousand viewed the Heart of the Andes.