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Nature's Rushing Force

circa 1865-1880

Williams Charles Anthony Frerichs (American, 1829 - 1905)

This massive painting reflects the mid-19th century interest in the power of the natural world, represented here by the force of the swift currents of cascading water. That such awe-inspiring places were found in this country was regarded as a divine endorsement of American progress.
William Frerichs lived in North Carolina from 1855 to 1868; he taught at the Greensboro Female College until 1863 when a fire destroyed his studio and most of his paintings. By 1868 he had moved to Staten Island. This painting is likely a composite of sites that the artist had sketched during his time in the mountains of North Carolina.

Place object was created: NC

oil paint, canvas

Measurements:    frame height: 58 inches    frame width: 91.5 inches    canvas height: 42 inches    canvas width: 75 inches

Gift of the Mint Museum Auxiliary 1991.25

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN