The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 24, 2024

Bridal Veil, Yosemite

Bridal Veil, Yosemite

1865–66
(American, 1829–1916)
Image: 40.1 x 52.4 cm (15 13/16 x 20 5/8 in.); Matted: 61 x 76.2 cm (24 x 30 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

In the spring, Bridal Veil Falls drops a torrent of rushing water 620 feet down into the Yosemite Valley.

Description

The grand scale of the American West was difficult to convey in early photographs, which were intimately scaled objects meant for the hand and the album. Starting in the late 1850s, a handful of photographers shooting landscapes and historical settings began producing “mammoth” prints, including the San Francisco-based Carleton E. Watkins. The seemingly gargantuan scale of these prints allowed a new, immersive relationship between the viewer and the image, enhancing that “you are there” feeling.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 369
  • Stories From Storage. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 7-May 16, 2021).
    Icons of American Photography: A Century of Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (June 24-September 16, 2007); Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA (October 3, 2009-January 3, 2010).
    The Cleveland Museum of Art (6/24/07 - 9/16/07) and Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittburgh, PA (10/3/2009 - 1/3/2010); "Icons of American Photography: A Century of Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art", no exhibition catalogue.
    Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (organizer) (May 28-September 7, 1999); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (October 11, 1999-January 9, 2000); National Gallery of Art, Landover, MD (February 20-May 7, 2000).
    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; National Gallery of Art; "Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception" 5/28/99 - 5/7/00. 71, Pl. 25.
    CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art."
    Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 24, 1996-February 2, 1997).
    CMA, January 14 - March 27, 1994: "Land of Sky and Water: 19th Century Photographs of the American West," Gallery 105, no exhibition catalogue.
    Selected Acquisitions. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 9-April 11, 1993).
    CMA, January 28 - March 15, 1992: "Selected Acquisitions," CMA Bulletin, 80 (February 1993), p. 69, no. 134.
  • {{cite web|title=Bridal Veil, Yosemite|url=false|author=Carleton E. Watkins|year=1865–66|access-date=24 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1992.12