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Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara: A Study in Landscape Painting

December 6, 2015 - April 12, 2016

Ferdinand Richardt, Niagara, c. 1855, Oil on canvas. August Heckscher Collection.

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Among America’s most iconic natural sites, Niagara Falls has been a popular tourist destination since the early 19th century.Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara depicts the attraction as it appeared at mid-century, with charming genre elements set against the grand landscape. Featuring European and American works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition examines Richardt’s painting within a broader landscape tradition, including intimate views of East Coast locales and dramatic scenes of the American West by Hudson River School artists, as well as images of man’s multifaceted relationship to water. This exhibition will be temporarily closed from March 9–20.

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