View of Niagara Falls from Prospect Point by Albert Bierstadt
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View of Niagara Falls from Prospect Point by Albert Bierstadt

View of Niagara Falls from Prospect Point by Albert Bierstadt

  • Albert Bierstadt captures the awe-inspiring grandeur of Niagara Falls in this oil
  • The artist is celebrated as one of the greatest of the Hudson River School artists
  • His depiction of this natural wonder is exemplary of the strength of his output
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Albert Bierstadt
1830-1902 | American

View of Niagara Falls from Prospect Point

Signed "ABierstadt" (lower left)
Oil on paper laid down on stretched linen

The great Hudson River School painter Albert Bierstadt captures the grandness of Niagara Falls in this exceptional oil painting. With its dramatic light and crisp rendition of details, the work brilliantly illustrates the awe-inspiring power of nature at this celebrated locale. Niagara Falls was and remains one of the most iconic symbols of American might, and Bierstadt's depiction of this natural wonder is exemplary of the strength of his output.

The work shows a view of the American Falls from the foot of Prospect Point, with Horseshoe Falls visible in the upper right background. With his celebrated eye for detail, Bierstadt translates the damp, misty air and rugged shores of the area. The Falls are nearly obstructed by the clouds of mist and spray, in which the artist adeptly captures the rainbow effect of sunlight striking the water. The geological detail of the rocks perfectly demonstrates the artist’s technical skills and training, as well as the Pre-Raphaelite influence of John Ruskin.

Bierstadt often visited Niagara Falls; not only did his brother live nearby, but he was naturally drawn to many of the country's most iconic localities such as this one. This particular work was composed during the fall of 1869, when he visited the area with his wife and sister before spending six weeks in the White Mountains. He painted several views of the Falls around this time, including Niagara Falls (Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa), Niagara Falls (National Gallery of Canada), Niagara from the American Side (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), and the present example.

Born in Solingen, Germany in 1830, Albert Bierstadt moved to the whaling town of New Bedford, Massachusetts with his family at the age of two. Little is known of his early training; however, by 1850, he was offering painting instruction to the residents of New Bedford, Newport and Boston. He returned to his home country in 1853 to study painting in Düsseldorf, and after several years of study in landscape, genre and history painting, he made a sketching trip around Europe before returning to the United States in 1857. In 1859, Bierstadt joined a Westward expedition led by Colonel Frederick W. Lander that followed along the Overland Trail from Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to the Pacific Coast. The sketches he made on this journey eventually became some of the most powerful, idealized panoramic visions of the American West.

Soon, his notoriety challenged that of Frederic Edwin Church, the pre-eminent American landscape painter, and his appeal became widespread through engravings of his frontier scenes. Bierstadt’s monumental canvases were the true embodiment of Manifest Destiny, vastly expansive and awe-inspiring with inherent spirituality. He was elected a full Academician of the National Academy of Design in 1860, and he continued to produce landscapes throughout the rest of his career. Today, his works can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), among many others.

Circa 1869

Paper: 20" high x 28" wide
Frame: 28 5/8" high x 36 5/8" wide

Provenance:
William and Nell Brodie, Brooklyn, New York
Estate of the above, 1953
By descent through the family
Estate of William and Joan Richard of St. Louis, Missouri, 1961
By descent through the family, Shelburne, Vermont
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Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Landscape
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