'Visions' painting captures majestic, untamable power of country’s landscape

April 17, 2018  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

George Loring Brown, Niagara Falls at Sunset, 1861

Born in Boston, George Loring Brown traveled to Europe to study painting, often returning abroad throughout his life. Working as an illustrator and painter, he created landscapes inspired by his surroundings in New England as well as his memories of Europe.

Brown’s expansive view of Niagara Falls captures the majestic, untamable power of the country’s landscape, conveying a distinctively American spirit and identity. The artist was part of a generation of painters that celebrated the grandeur of American nature as a means of asserting a national identity distinct from Europe.

The exhibit “Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940” is on loan from Detroit Institute of Art from April 5 – May 23.

 

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