THE ART OF THE SUNSET
AN ALTERNATIVE TO REVOLUTION
The man is blessed who everyday is permitted to behold anything so pure and serene as the western sky at sunset—while revolutions vex the world.
Henry David Thoreau*
Both American artist Frederic Church (1826-1900) and his countryman author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) were forerunners of the environmental movement, inspired by the wilderness of the newly formed United States. Church moved many Americans with his panoramic landscapes of the Hudson River as well as other sites along the East coast including Maine’s Bar Harbor above. While Thoreau communed with nature at a lake near Concord, Massachusetts where he lived for two years, immortalizing this experience in the still influential Walden: or Life in the Woods.
*Quote is from A Year in Thoreau’s Journal: 1851
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Learn more about Frederic Church and his visions in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.