Niagara Falls in Winter

© Zhuquing Fucha, 1990, from the Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. No reproduction without the permission of the owner.

Niagara Falls in Winter, 1990

Zhuqing Fucha   —  
  • Chinese
  • 1945

  • 1996:002
  • ink and watercolor on rice paper
  • 27 x 27 1/8 in.
  • Collection of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Gift of the Artist, 1996
Zhuqing Fucha visited Niagara Falls just two days after arriving in the United States from China. “It was winter…very snowy, windy and oh so cold,” he recalls. “I felt such a strong power in the mist. The mist obscured the falls, but could not obscure their roaring sound.” In his painting, the falls’ watery spray merges with clouds and blowing snow to create a haze of swirling mist which recedes into the sky. In the Chinese scholar-artist tradition of 国画 (guó huà) in which Fucha was trained this suggests the energy of places that exists beyond their physical representation.