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The Great Horseshoe Fall, Niagara

1820 Alvan Fisher Born: Needham, Massachusetts 1792 Died: Dedham, Massachusetts 1863 oil on canvas 34 3/8 x 48 in. (87.2 x 122.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1966.82.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


Gallery Label

Two scenes by Fisher (this painting and Fisher's A General View of the Falls of Niagara) capture the thrill of visiting Niagara Falls, a site in upstate New York that quickly became a symbol of the continent's epic scale and natural beauty. Tiny figures throw out their arms as if trying to describe to one another the vastness of what they see. Elegant tourists peer decorously across the chasm through opera glasses, while one young lady covers her ears against the stupendous noise. Reckless young men lie on their stomachs, daring one another to draw closer to the rock's edge.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - water

Landscape - Canada - Niagara Falls

Landscape - phenomenon - rainbow

Landscape - waterfall - Horseshoe Falls

Landscape - waterfall - Niagara Falls

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Alvan Fisher

Born: Needham, Massachusetts 1792 Died: Dedham, Massachusetts 1863

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