He seeks the wilderness as a direct and unstained work made by the original creator. He finds a place of paradise in 1844 in Mount Desert, the large mountainous island off the coast of Maine.
At that time, Cole had just agreed to teach a student. Frederic Edwin Church did not accompany him to Mount Desert but watched the sketches made by the master. After the untimely death of Cole in 1848, Church made this trip himself for the first time in 1850.
At that time the artists do not paint outdoors but in the workshop by using their travel sketchbooks. Compared to Cole, Church offers a more realistic view of the landscape. His style was opening the way to the explorers painters of the Wild West such as Bierstadt and Moran.
On May 21 in New York, Christie's sells a beautifully wild landscape of Mount Desert by Church, lot 18 estimated $ 5M. This oil on canvas 44 x 64 cm was painted between 1851 and 1853, early in Church's career before his trips to the Andes in search of an even more breathtaking wilderness.