Two colleagues just popped by my office to tell me to run upstairs and see the new painting entitled Home by the Lake, 1852 by Frederic Church. The painting is on loan from a private collection, and just happened to appear in the museum’s blue galleries today!
In its current location, the painting is part of a trio of artworks (another by Church and one by Church’s teacher Thomas Cole) that show settlers settling in the great American wilderness– cozy log cabin on lakeside property with mountain views included.
The label copy informs us that a nineteenth-century critic referred to this painting as “a charming little poem in itself.” Will you twenty-first century critics agree? Stop by the museum sometime soon and take a look for yourself.