Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900): Niagara Falls, from

Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900): Niagara Falls, from

2/17/2021, 10:16:27 AM
Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900): Niagara Falls, from the American Side, 1867, oil on canvas, 257 cm × 227 cm (101 in × 89 in), Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland Among all the scenic wonders of the New World, one was foremost in the minds of nineteenth-century Americans: Niagara Falls. First visited by European explorers in the late seventeenth century, the cataracts had come to symbolize for many Americans the power and vitality of their new nation. Citizens of the New World were eager to prove their equality to the Old World in all things, and Niagara was judged to be as good as or even better than anything Europe could offer in the way of spectacular scenery. Niagara Falls, from the American Side is based on preliminary sketches made by the artist at Niagara Falls and on a sepia photograph, it is the third of a series of paintings Church made of this famous landmark. The painting depicts the view from the east side of Niagara Falls. In the spray of the waterfall a rainbow is visible. The painting has been described as giving the impression of the water being in constant motion, rushing down, roaring. The painting was commissioned to Church by the American art dealer Michael Knoedler in 1866. It was the third painting of the series and may have been originally destined for the Exposition. The painting was purchased by John S. Kennedy in 1887, who gifted it to his homeland of Scotland. This work is the only major work by Frederic Edwin Church which is in a public collection in Europe. #Niagara #NiagaraFalls #ScottishNationalGallery

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