Niagara Falls

  • George Inness, Niagara Falls, 1885, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.6.67

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Niagara Falls is one of the most frequently painted and photographed landscapes in the United States. George Inness produced seven oil paintings of the falls during the 1880s and 1890s, more than he made of any other area at that time. By 1895, the area around Niagara Falls had become commercialized with many hotels, souvenir shops, and attractions. Inness wanted to reclaim the natural "terror and awe" of the falls, and so obliterated all evidence of bridges, hotels, and signs in his paintings.

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"The true purpose of a painter is simply to reproduce in other minds the impression which a scene has made upon him." George Inness, quoted in Alfred Werner, Inness Landscapes, 1973
Title
Niagara Falls
Artists
Date
1885
On View
Dimensions
15 7/8 x 24 in. (40.2 x 60.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – waterfall – Niagara Falls
Object Number
1929.6.67
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