HERMANN HERZOG
American/German, (1832-1932)
Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side
oil on canvas
signed lower right "H. Herzog"

  • Provenance: Mr. & Mrs. Robert Dorey; McClees Gallery, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; Private Collection, New Jersey.
  • Dimensions: 24 x 34 inches
  • Artist Name: HERMANN HERZOG
  • Exhibited: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Brandywine Conservancy, "American Paintings of Hermann Herzog," September 11, 1992 - November 22, 1992.

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    Hermann Herzog was born in 1832 in Bremen, Germany. He trained in Dusseldorf under the guidance of Johann Wilhelm Schirmer, a historical landscape artist who painted in the style of Nicholas Poussin, and Andreas Achenbach, a proponent of a refined and detailed technique.

    During the 1850s and 60s, Herzog travelled throughout Europe painting landscapes, waterfalls, and European vistas. These works earned him favorable attention at the Paris Salon and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He attracted considerable admiration from the Queen of Hanover who purchased three of his Norwegian paintings. The artist won the favor of other notable patrons including Queen Victoria and the Grand Duke Alexander of Russia among other royal figures.

    The Romantic quality of Herzog's landscapes was inspired in part by his German artistic heritage, as the Dusseldorf academicians were greatly influenced by masterful seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painters. He learned to paint the atmospheric views of the countryside, and brough this technique to his American landscapes such as in this compelling view of Niagara from the Canadian side.

    Upon his immigration to Philadelphia in 1870, Herzog's paintings were already in high demand. In 1871, he began his extensive tour of the Northeast, the Midwest, and eventually Florida, becoming a successful late nineteenth-century landscape painter.

    The work offered here, Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side, is a masterpiece by the artist. His execution of the mist from the falls and the rainbow it creates is a flawless rendering of one of America's favorite subjects.

    Herzog's work was well received during his lifetime and his profitable investment of the income from the sale of his paintings allowed him to stop selling his art, which remained largely in his family's possession. When Herzog died in West Philadelphia at age 100, the prolific painter left over 1,000 canvases to his heirs.

    Hermann Herzog's paintings are now present in the collections of the White House, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cincinnati Art Museum, Birmingham Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and the Orlando Museum of Art among other esteemed collections.
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    Framed dimensions: 33 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches

    Tags: oil painting, listed artist, Hudson River School, Niagara Falls, 19th century, landscape
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Condition: Unlined, overall excellent condition, a few small spots of inpaint lower right due to frame rub. In a superior quality reproduction frame.

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