Historical Vignette

Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872), Montmorency Falls, 1853, oil on canvas, 46.4 x 64.3 cm

Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872), Montmorency Falls, 1853, oil on canvas, 46.4 x 64.3 cm
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Photo MMFA, Christine Guest

Pierre Durette’s attention to detail recalls the work of the Dutch-born painter Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872), who settled in Canada in the early 1840s. Krieghoff peopled his landscapes with tiny figures to provide a sense of scale, which makes the scene appear larger.