Our Banner in theSkyI have chosen to discuss the painting, Our Banner in The Sky, from the year1861 by “Frederic Edwin Church 1826-1900” (OurBanner in the Sky). This is an “Oil paint over photomechanically producedlithograph” (Our Banner in the Sky). I cameacross this painting by searching for paintings of the civil war. This paintingis part of an exhibit that can be seen at Metropolitan Museum of Art of NewYork.
Frederic Edwin Church was anAmerican landscape painter whose paintings were an inspiration of his travels.His painting “Our Banner in the Sky is an enthusiastic and aesthetic reactionto the Confederate assault on Fort Sumter in April 1861. This first clash ofthe Civil War drove Abraham Lincoln to call for 75,000 servicemen to put downwhat he called an “uprising” in the South” (Our Banner in the Sky). Here, painterFrederic Edwin Church painted a clearly shaded American banner in the sky as adynamic piece of nature at dawn.
The main thing one can notice with this pieceis the shape of the American flag. Although there are no characterizing linesthat frame the banner, Church can give the deceptive appearance of the bannerwithout it really being there. You can see how the small brushstrokes and shineof the fog frame the stripes and the dark blue sky between the mists is speckledwith stars. You can also see how our nation’s bird fly’s over the lone treewhich resembling a flagpole, advancing the transient scene with yet anotherimage of the American country. The landscape is balanced out by the trees inthe background. This combination of scriptural knowledge with dedicatedenthusiasm remained as a significant response against the spoiling of theAmerican flag.”This exciting visual jump ofcreative ability is filled by pain of two war “firsts”: the bringingdown of the Union banner at Fort Sumter when the Confederates caught the Fortin April 1861, the starting war occasion, soon took after by the demise ofChurch’s companion, Theodore Winthrop, the original Union officer war casualty.
This extraordinary painting itself was perceived as the principal picture ofwar. Becoming the central point of many devoted battles. The spilling shades ofmists at nightfall and the ritzy sky shape a substitute picture of the Americanflag. You can see how Frederic combined some of the formal elements of artalong with symbolism throughout the painting. The stars in the sky speak to thestars of the banner. The darker and lighter tones, the patterns and lines drawnof the trees and the sky, but more so is the composition of colors used to givethe sky that fiery feel as the flag is revealed behind it” (Harvey, EleanorJones).
The Confederate side reacted bybombarding the American banner and proceeded to the point that the Union’sMajor Robert Anderson brought down the American banner. Demonstrating theirdependability to the Union, Anderson and his troops saluted the flag and sangYankee Doodle. Northerners were insulted about the disparaging treatment ofboth the banner and the Union powers. The worn-out banner turned into an imageof the North’s flexibility and specialists utilized the picture in their work.At the point when the war was finished, the flag was raised up again, finishedFort Sumter in triumph It was with incredible joy that I wandered the Metropolitan Museum ofArt situated in New York City (Virtually) and stumbled upon The Late Interiorsdisplay of Frederic Edwin Church. In the wake of surveying the wonderful worksof this confounded, passionate artists, and learning about his hardships anddedication to his work during the Civil War, I became more and more interestedon his painting “Our Banner in The Sky”. I had never look at Art inthis way.
It is truly remarkable to see how Art can affect the way one perceivesthings and its ability to change and give strength in times of need. I wasdelighted to learn how empowering Art really is and as a father I was pleasedto know it is receiving more emphasis in schools.