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DescriptionFROM THE FLANNER & BUCHANAN CORPORATE COLLECTION
VICTOR DE GRAILLY (French, 1804-1889)
Niagara Falls, circa 1850
Oil on canvas
17 x 23-1/2 inches (43.2 x 59.7 cm)
Signed lower center: Grailly
Vose Galleries, Boston.
The author of this remarkable view of Niagara Falls, French artist Victor DeGrailly, gained considerable popularity in the United States for his landscape paintings of American views. Although there is some speculation that DeGrailly may have been in the United States from 1840 to 1870, there is no concrete evidence to support this as many of DeGrailly's American landscapes were based on engravings from British artist-adventurer William Henry Bartlett's American Scenery series published in London in 1840.
Nevertheless, DeGrailly's lively scenes found a ready audience in the United States, and his work was exhibited in locales as diverse as Charleston, South Carolina; Baltimore, Toronto; New York; Brooklyn; Albany; and Sandusky, Ohio.
In 1854, a number of his paintings were auctioned in Portland, Maine.
DeGrailly was born in Paris and began his art studies under Jean Victor Bertin, a neo-classical landscape painter who also taught Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. DeGrailly first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1833, where he continued to show his paintings until 1880. He made copies of works by Claude Lorrain, but also painted original compositions of French, Italian, and British landscapes.
His paintings can be found in important public collections including The White House, Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, and the West Point Museum.
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000.
The following condition report was prepared by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This canvas has been lined using wax as an adhesive onto a solid support which has been backed with linen. In all likelihood this is easily reversible yet because the painting bears some cracks, which is not a-typical for pictures from this period, it will need to be lined. However, the condition of the painting in general is lovely. Reversing this lining is essentially the only work required.
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