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Niagara

Louis Rémy Mignot

American Art

Landscape imagery can make subtle reference to the prevailing politics of a place. From the eighteenth century on, Niagara Falls was among the most iconic symbols of American might and cultural potential. Its meaning shifts in this painting by Louis Rémy Mignot, a Southerner forced to abandon his rising New York career due to the outbreak of the Civil War. Mignot moved to London, where he painted this work the year after the war’s close. He pointedly chose an atypical view, facing the Canadian, rather than the American, side of the falls.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1866
DIMENSIONS 48 3/4 x 91 1/2 in. (123.8 x 232.4 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right on rock: "M. / 70"
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 1993.118
CREDIT LINE Gift of Arthur S. Fairchild
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Louis Rémy Mignot (American, 1831-1870). Niagara, 1866. Oil on canvas, 48 3/4 x 91 1/2 in. (123.8 x 232.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Arthur S. Fairchild, 1993.118
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