Ihave chosen to discuss this painting,from the year 1861 by “Frederic Edwin Church 1826-1900” (Our Banner in the Sky).
Thisis an “Oil paint over photomechanically produced lithograph” (Our Banner inthe Sky). I came across this painting by searching for paintings of the civilwar. This painting is part of an exhibit that can be seen at MetropolitanMuseum of Art of New York. Frederic Edwin Church was anAmerican landscape painter whose paintings were an inspiration of his travels.His painting “Our Banner in the Sky is an enthusiastic and aesthetic reactionto the Confederate assault on Fort Sumter in April 1861. This first clash ofthe Civil War drove Abraham Lincoln to call for 75,000 servicemen to put downwhat he called an uprising in the South” (Our Banner in the Sky).
Here, painterFrederic Edwin Church painted a vibrant shaded American banner in the sky as adynamic piece of nature at dawn. The main thing one can notice with this pieceis the shape of the American flag. Although there are no characterizing linesthat frame the banner, Church can give the misleading appearance of the bannerwithout it really being there. You can see how the small brushstrokes and shineof the fog frame the stripes and the dark blue sky between the mists is speckledwith stars. You can also see how our nation’s bird fly’s over the lone treewhich resembles a flagstaff, advancing the transient scene with yet anotherimage of the American country.
The landscape is balanced out by the trees inthe background. This combination of scriptural knowledge with dedicatedenthusiasm remained as a significant response against the spoiling of theAmerican flag.”This thrilling visual leap ofcreative ability is filled by pain of two wars.
The bringing down of the Unionbanner at Fort Sumter when the Confederates trapped the Fort in April 1861, thestarting war occasion, soon took after by the demise of Church’s companion,Theodore Winthrop, the original Union officer war fatality. This astonishingpainting itself was alleged to be primary picture of war. Becoming the centralpoint of many devoted battles. The spilling shades of mists at nightfall andthe ritzy sky shape a substitute picture of the American flag.
You can see howFrederic combined some of the formal elements of art along with symbolismthroughout the painting. The stars in the sky speak to the stars of the banner.The darker and lighter tones, the patterns and lines drawn of the trees and thesky, but more so is the composition of colors used to give the sky that fieryfeel as the flag is revealed behind it” (Harvey, Eleanor Jones). The Confederate side reacted bybombarding the American banner and proceeded to the point that the Union’sMajor Robert Anderson brought down the American banner. Demonstrating theirdependability to the Union, Anderson and his troops saluted the flag and chantedYankee Doodle. Northerners were insulted about the disparaging treatment ofboth the banner and the Union powers. The worn-out banner turned into an imageof the North’s flexibility and specialists utilized the picture in their work.
At the point when the war was finished, the flag was raised up again, finishedFort Sumter in triumph It was with incredible joy that I wandered the Metropolitan Museum ofArt situated in New York City (Virtually) and stumbled upon The Late Interiorsdisplay of Frederic Edwin Church. In the wake of surveying the wonderful worksof this confounded, passionate artists, and learning about his hardships anddedication to his work during the Civil War, I became more and more interestedon his painting “Our Banner in The Sky”. I had never look at Art inthis way. It is truly amazing to see how Art can affect the way one perceivesthings and its ability to change and give strength in times of need. I wasdelighted to learn how empowering Art really is and as a father I was happy toknow it is receiving more emphasis in schools.