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Artist
Date
1859
Period
19th century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
20 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches (unframed)
25 x 37 x 1 3/4 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Landscape
Shore/Water
Credit Line
Museum purchase, Charles L. Fox fund, 1965.1447
Accession No
65.1447
Context
Storms are a way of life on the water, and Martin Heade’s early painting depicts a brooding storm gathering off an unnamed coastline, possibly that of Maine. What is fascinating is that while the painting does not depict a specific place, it may represent in a metaphorical sense the great foreboding that surrounded the US in the tumultuous post-Second Great Awakening and pre-Civil War era.

Featured in “Maine and American Art: Farnsworth Art Museum” with thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation and Wyeth Foundation for American Art.

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