The Rapids, Below the Suspension Bridge

  • Charles Bierstadt, The Rapids, Below the Suspension Bridge, ca. 1870, albumen silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1994.91.25

Exhibition Label
The Niagara suspension bridge spans more than eight hundred feet above one of the wildest parts of the Niagara River. Charles Bierstadt contrasted the solid, stable bridge with the wild chaos of the unruly river. Photographed at river level, the waters seem particularly threatening, adding energy to the scene. In order to create a single balanced image, Bierstadt probably used several negatives: one for the river, another for the bridge, and a third for the dramatic, billowing clouds.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Title
The Rapids, Below the Suspension Bridge
Artist
Date
ca. 1870
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet and image: 7 x 9 1/4 in. (17.8 x 23.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase from the Charles Isaacs Collection made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
albumen silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – waterfall – Niagara Falls
  • Architecture – bridge
Object Number
1994.91.25
Palette
Linked Open Data
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