Drawing, Thunderstorm in the Alps
This is a Drawing. It was created by Frederic Edwin Church. It is dated 1868 and we acquired it in 1917. Its medium is brush and oil paint, graphite on paperboard. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Water droplets behave much in the same way as Newton’s prism, splitting white light from the sun into its component colors to form the rainbow. It is easy to imagine that this spectacular natural phenomenon, captured in this oil study by Frederic Church, inspired scientists as much as it did artists.
This object was
Louis P. Church.
It is credited
Gift of Louis P. Church.
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Its dimensions are
29.4 × 44.5 cm (11 9/16 × 17 1/2 in.)
Cite this object as
Drawing, Thunderstorm in the Alps; Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900); USA; brush and oil paint, graphite on paperboard; 29.4 × 44.5 cm (11 9/16 × 17 1/2 in.); Gift of Louis P. Church; 1917-4-509
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.