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The three waterfalls that comprise the much famed Niagara Falls rose, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to utmost prominence among landscape painters both in America and abroad. That happened due to a variety of factors, including not only the natural grandeur of the setting but also its role as a symbol of the American expansion and greatness, occupying an almost religious role in the popular imaginary, representing some higher national persona. Beyond that, the location was marketed to tourists as Americas premier honeymoon location, to the extent that prints of the falls were commonly given as wedding gifts. As a secondary effect of that popularity, the setting started to become seen as a trite subject matter among landscape artists, which adds to the feat accomplished here by Frederic Edwin Church in achieving such great artistic renown for the piece.
Finished in 1857, this oil on canvas of massive size measures two meters in width and a meter in height, proportions which were purposefully chosen by the artist to make it possible to paint a complete panorama of the view of the falls from the Canadian side. To avoid the triviality of the subject matter, Church chooses a spectacular and rather unique vantage point, so that the observer feels like they are flying over the waterfall, or even standing on the waters. With that, he can bring a much more dramatic feel to the often pictured landscape, going beyond the triviality of his peers, beyond even the merely picturesque that the artist was usually wont to pursue.
Being the result of many sketches and studies, the final piece, which is now in possession of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington DC, offers an extense panorama of the landmark, bringing the observer into contact with all of its grandeur. The Horseshoe Falls, which is the name of the specific fall depicted here, are rendered in studious detail, despite its size. Overall, it is a feat of unprecedented realism and exquisite technical acuity, which would never be reached before or after, according to some critics, and was the first painting of the Hudson River School to achieve instant fame. Such is its gravitas that the studies and sketches that led to it can be found occupying a place of honor in museums and galleries across America and abroad.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Niagara Falls, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Niagara Falls that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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