James Volkert
Evidence, Water: After Church
Oil on canvas, glass vials, water from the Niagara River
36 x 18
In the 19th Century, Niagara Falls was considered the nation’s greatest natural wonder and a symbol of vigor and promise. Niagara, 1857, by Frederic Edwin Church views the falls from the Canadian side. The painting was so successful it was featured in a one-painting exhibition. More than 100,000 viewers paid 25 cents to witness the grandeur. The vials contain water collected from the Niagara River.
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