Oct 26, 2012

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls


William Morris Hunt

(American, 1824–1879)

Charcoal and brush and charcoal wash; framing lines in charcoal

Support: Beige(2) laid paper

Sheet: 27.5 x 42.9 cm (10 13/16 x 16 7/8 in.); Image: 26.7 x 42.1 cm (10 1/2 x 16 9/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. G. Tappan Francis 1943.326



Hunt studied with the famous French painter of peasant scenes, Jean-Francois Millet (1814–1875), and played a major role in introducing the loose brushwork of advanced French painting into American art. In 1878, only a year before his tragic suicide, Hunt visited Niagara Falls. There he produced a remarkable group of pastels, charcoal drawings, and paintings in which the physical particulars of the scene appear to dissolve into a near-abstract pattern of water and mist.

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