Although 'the thickets and fallen trees are only minor obstacles
to passage' in Durand's
In the Woods 1855
there are none in Rocky
Forest Pool 1857.
No figure is present, leaving the viewer hovering above
the brook to give Witness to a New World Vision of a
New Promised Land - the Light on the Water showing
Church has you - flying a few feet above the water like a
celestial being - a magical effect he was to recreate in Heart
of the Andes 1859
leads you into the scene with the very sound of running water
over rocks splashing and babbling. In Rocky
Forest Pool 1857
'you see the visible, hear the musical and are stirred
by the beautiful.' From, Life in the Open Air by
'Certain passages are virtual descriptions of paintings,
as in this case'.
carefully observed Church at work sketching, and painting
during the trip and subsequently watched him paint finished
Studio pictures in New York.