Painting and Nature Preservation: Niagara Falls and Impressionism


Concern for the preservation of the falls among painters survived the transition from luminism to impressionism.

This impressionistic painting by George Inness still contains a nature preservation message.

The impressionistic elements of the picture are largely the results of air pollution caused by the factory spewing smoke behind the falls, a little to the right of center.

George Inness, Niagara, 1889, National Collection of Fine Arts