Niagara, The Table Rock – Winter, 1847

As determined as any of the artists of his day to paint the definitive representation of Niagara, Regis painted many  views of the falls.  According to Adamson, the artist's Niagara, The Table Rock – Winter from 1847 was one of the earliest ambitious winter portrayals.  The composition is a conventional view, which Regis individualises by presenting the … Continue reading Niagara, The Table Rock – Winter, 1847

Nature’s Grandest Scene in Art

From 1760-1900 Niagara Falls was the most frequently described and depicted natural wonder in North America, appearing not only in paintings and engravings, but also in more unusual contexts, such as on dinnerware, wallpaper, sheet music and lamp shades.  Although they were a spectacular sight, the falls' overwhelming popularity can be explained by the way … Continue reading Nature’s Grandest Scene in Art

Niagara Falls, 1855

This painting by Regis of Niagara Falls, now in the High Museum in Atlanta, provided the inspiration for our visit to the falls and will be the starting point for Alan's creative response to this location.  It is a delicately coloured summertime view of the falls with little sign of human intervention aside from the … Continue reading Niagara Falls, 1855

The Hudson River School

The Hudson River School was an American school of landscape painting that achieved its peak period of popularity in the years from 1830-1870.  The name of the movement refers to the artists’ preferred subject: the Hudson River Valley in New York State and the surrounding area, including the Catskill, Adirondack and White Mountains.  The second … Continue reading The Hudson River School

Regis Gignoux – The Early Years

Marie-Francois Regis Gignoux was born in 1814 in Lyon, the youngest of the eight children of Swiss trader Jean-Antoine Gignoux and Gabrielle Ribollet. His granddaughter, the Marquese Bertha d’Oncieu, remembered being told that when Regis was a boy “his copybooks were full of drawings” and despite family reservations, he embarked on an art education, first … Continue reading Regis Gignoux – The Early Years

Welcome to Human Accumulations

  The idea for Human Accumulations arose when photographer Alan Gignoux and I reviewed photographs of his documenting the environmental and social effects of mountaintop-removal coal mining in western Virginia. I was struck by the irony that the framing and composition of some of his images of the scarred mountains of Appalachia reminded me of … Continue reading Welcome to Human Accumulations