International Art Auction

December 07, 2015

LOT 18

Lot 18

Denis Louis Bihan (fl. 1852)

Denis Louis Bihan (fl. 1852)
Lot 18 Details
Denis Louis Bihan (fl. 1852), British


Oil on canvas; signed lower left
30" x 50" — 76.2 x 127 cm.

Estimate $6,000-$8,000

Realised: $6,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Denis Louis Bihan (fl. 1852)
  • Denis Louis Bihan (fl. 1852)
  • Denis Louis Bihan (fl. 1852)

Williams and Son, London from whom purchased by Max Stern of Dominion Gallery, Montreal, as “Niagara Falls” on August 8th, 1974;
Dominion Gallery, Montreal inventory number F6668 sold as titled on heir gallery label “Niagara Falls, City of Buffalo in Distance” verso;
Sold to Sports Management Ltd., Toronto in June 1981;
Private Collection, Ontario


E. Benezit, Dictionnaire Des Peintres Sculpteurs Dessin Ateurs Et Graveurs, Vol. 2, 1976, p. 32

Christopher Wood, The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, 2nd edition, 1978, p. 48


D.L. Bihan is recorded in The Dictionary of Victorian Painters. In 1852 Bihan exhibited at the Royal Academy with his painting Heath of St. Anne D’Auray, in Brittany, with Peasants returning from Church after Marriage, Cat. No. 1281.

Frost & Reed in London is recorded to have represented this rare artist’s works with another large canvas topographical view entitled Mountainous landscape with lake and islands. Benezit records one sale for Bihan’s L’Expedition de 1851, vue de Parc in London on June 4, 1909.

In the 19th century, a number of American artists were inspired to depict Niagara Falls, widely considered one of the greatest natural wonders of North America.

Niagara Falls is the collective name for the series of three thundering waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States of America. The individual waterfalls are the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls in the United States and Horseshoe Falls in Canada.

Here Bihan depicts the falls from the Canadian shore at an impossibly high vantage point. The spectator is presented with a monumental view of Niagara Falls, with all three distinct falls captured so as convey a sense of the enormity and grandeur of natural wonder.


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LOT 18

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