Photo Friday: Exhibiting The Icebergs

This Photo Friday features “The Icebergs,” painted by Frederic Edwin Church in 1861, on permanent display at the Dallas Museum of Art. “The Icebergs” draws on a combination of influences: Church’s real-life observations during his month-long voyage in the North Atlantic Ocean, accounts written by other explorers, and the mysterious, ethereal quality of the Arctic. At a Sotheby’s auction in 1979, the painting sold for $2.5 million, the most any American painting had sold for at public auction at the time.

Frederic Edwin Church, “The Icebergs,” 1861, Oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Norma and Lamar Hunt (Source: Dallas Museum of Art).

 

Frederic Edwin Church, “The Icebergs.” Close-up of broken mast (Source: Dallas Museum of Art).

 

Frederic Edwin Church, “The Icebergs.” Close-up of water and cave going through the iceberg (Source: Dallas Museum of Art).

 

Frederic Edwin Church, “The Icebergs.” Close-up of the painting’s main featured iceberg (Source: Dallas Museum of Art).