About the Artist
Like his teacher, Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900) conveyed a sense of awesome sublimity in his landscapes by celebrating the seemingly infinite wonders of the natural world. The artist devoted a great deal of time to scientific study, believing that a knowledge of optics, meteorology, botany, and ecology would greatly enhance his work. After reading the journalistic accounts of the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, Church explored wilderness regions from the Arctic to the equator.
This framed print of Frederic Edwin Church's Niagara (1857) is part of our Masterworks collection of reproductions, created using the Gallery's finest-quality digital imaging. The image was printed to Gallery specifications, and the frame was selected as a style appropriate to the period.
Church's majestic painting reveals the vista from the Canadian shore and is based on oil and pencil sketches he made during several visits to the site in 1856. He was the first to render the spectacle on such a grand scale and with such fine detail, naturalism, and immediacy. He heightened the realism of his painting by selecting a non-traditional format of canvas with a width twice as wide as its height to convey the panoramic expanse of the scene. Moreover, he pushed the plane of the falls nearest the viewer significantly downward to reveal more of the far side as well as the dramatic rush of water. Most notably, he eliminated any suggestion of a foreground, allowing the viewer to experience the scene as if precariously positioned on the brink of the falls. As one writer enthusiastically noted, "This is Niagara, with the roar left out!"
- 13 x 24.75 inches (framed), 9.5 x 21.5 inches (image)
- Artist-grade canvas with UV topcoat
- Archival pigment inks
- Antiqued wood frame with distressed finish
- Ready to hang