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Falls of Niagara from Below

by Albert Bierstadt

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Falls of Niagara from Below - Description

Not one to diminish the importance of vitality and power that flowing water holds in the wild, Romantic painter Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) displays here in Falls of Niagra from Below the painter’s importance in the places alongside the great artists of the New York region’s Hudson River School. This painting places the great Niagra Falls at the forefront of the Romantic practice of celebrating the power and dominance that nature has over humans. This painting, only two feet across, stands at an impressive three feet high. The waterfall towers overhead, its power transitioning into the greatly exaggerated plume of water at its basin. Its effect is supposed to be awesome, leaving a human to feel crushed by its enormous weight. This piece, in the style of Albert Bierstadt, shows no indication of industry or un natural design. The eye is meant to get lost in the constant crashing of water that hangs so elaborately and ornately down the side. Bierstadt places the center of the crash at eye level so that it is in the face of the viewer. There is no glory in the rocks at the basin beyond the beauty of placement as it sets up the magnificent fall. They are well defined and covered in shadow, lit enough to prove the irregularities of their color from the glistening water on their surfaces. The beauty of this painting occurs in its creation as the water slams down so forcefully, forever in constant motion. For this reason it is placed over the stagnant rocks, stubborn to move and obedient only to erosion. The water seems to engulf the rocks, filling the lower extremity of the painting with a full embodiment of Romantic vision.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Falls of Niagara from Below

Original Artist: Albert Bierstadt
Subject: American Landscape
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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