Detail, Asco, Instant Mural, 1974, color photograph by Harry Gamboa, Jr. Courtesy of the artist © Asco ; photograph © 1974 Harry Gamboa, Jr. x1200
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WCMA Close up Challenge Revealed

William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879), Niagara Falls, 1878, oil on canvas, Gift of the estate of J. Malcolm Forbes. (61.7)_x550

The painting from Monday’s Close-Up Challenge is William Morris Hunt’s Niagara Falls!

William Morris Hunt painted this in 1878, toward the end of his life. It is one of his largest easel paintings. Hunt was one of the most prominent painters in New England in the 19th century, known for both his dramatic landscapes and his intimate genre paintings. The close-up detail shows Hunt’s judicious use of heavy impasto to show the texture of the water, as well as his use…

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