The Chaudière, 1858
oil on canvas, mounted on plywood
51.1 x 74.9 cm; image: 51.1 x 74.9 cm oval
Gift of Edith Wilson, Ottawa, 1923, in memory of Senator and Mrs. W.C. Edwards
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2037)
In the late 1850s, Cornelius Krieghoff returned to a theme he had explored earlier: waterfalls. Those he painted at this period have an oval format, which suggests that he intended the pictures as a series. The falls represented were some distance from Quebec City, and this painting features the Ottawa River at Bytown - modern-day Ottawa. The airy composition shows the waterfall against the backdrop of a spectacular sunset. The aesthetic value of the majestic landscape seems to be confirmed by the presence at the lower left of an artist and his dog.