Louis Rémy Mignot
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
From the eighteenth century on, Niagara Falls was among the most iconic symbols of American might, pride, and cultural identity. Its meaning shifts in this painting by Louis Rémy Mignot, a Southerner and Confederate sympathizer forced to abandon his rising New York career upon the outbreak of the Civil War. Although the composition was likely inspired by his friend Frederic Church’s famous Niagara (1857), Mignot pointedly chose an atypical view, facing the Canadian, rather than the American, side of the falls. He made one last sketching excursion to Niagara before his departure in 1862 for London, where he completed the work.
Oil on canvas
frame: 61 1/2 × 104 1/4 × 4 1/2 in. (156.2 × 264.8 × 11.4 cm)
48 3/4 x 91 1/2 in. (123.8 x 232.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right on rock: "M. / 70"
Gift of Arthur S. Fairchild
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Louis Rémy Mignot (American, 1831-1870). Niagara, 1866. Oil on canvas, frame: 61 1/2 × 104 1/4 × 4 1/2 in. (156.2 × 264.8 × 11.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arthur S. Fairchild, 1993.118 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1993.118_SL1.jpg)
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