Louis Rémy Mignot
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Nations Divided, 1860–1910
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.
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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