2014 49¢ Sunset
Hudson River School Paintings
This stamp pictures an 1856 painting by Frederick Church. It is one of four showing artwork typical of the Hudson River School movement. The stamps are the 12th issue in the American Treasures series.
Once a student of Thomas Cole, Frederic Church (1826-1900) was known for his dramatic landscapes. He highlighted the awe-inspiring effects of weather, atmosphere, and light on nature. As his style developed, he took a more scientific approach to painting than his mentor, making detailed sketches directly from nature as a basis for his compositions.
Church was fascinated with naturalist writings of foreign lands and soon became the most traveled artist of the landscape painting movement. From South America to Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and even the Arctic, Church was influenced by the natural world around him. In the 1850s, he made two expeditions to Columbia and Ecuador, sketching the exotic flora and fauna along the way. It was on his second trip that he collected inspiration for his five-by-ten-foot masterpiece, Heart of the Andes.
The precision in Church’s painting captured the “realities of nature” by portraying amazingly life-like scenes. His 1857 grand-scale work Niagara was so impressive that one writer stated it was “Niagara, with the roar left out!” Church was then established as the “leading interpreter of the American Spirit.” He remains one of the best known and most successful of the Hudson River School artists.
49¢ Hudson River School, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: August 21, 2014
City: Hartford, CT, at the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show
Quantity: 25 million
Printed By: CCL Label
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10¾