Floating Icebergs under Cloudy Skies, 1859

Frederic Edwin Church

Eager to capture the changing size and shape of icebergs that came into view, Church often worked perched on deck, with his paint box in his lap, as the ship pitched and rolled. Church would later use these studies to complete his major 1861 painting The Icebergs (Dallas Museum of Art), which featured jagged formations, deceptively seductive blue-green waters and, in the foreground set against this cold beauty, the remains of a shipwreck.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Gift of Louis P. Church, 1917-4-305-a