Object Detail


Date
1850s
Period
19th century
Media
Oil on canvas
Measurements
10 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 1 inches (unframed)
14 x 18 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches (framed)
Classification
Subject Category
Landscape
Sunset
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. S. Morton Vose, 1960.1168
Accession No
60.1168
Context
From the western side of the island the rosy glow of the sky is mirrored by the waterway and uninhabited islet. While true to Maine’s atmospheric effects, the work glorifies features of what was seen as a pristine wilderness. Metaphorically, such imagery of the nation’s natural splendor, would, in retrospect, be seen to depict a calm before the storm of economic change and Civil War. Lane’s tonal palette induces a sense of the serenity at the end of the day, just before the quiet, dazzling instant moves toward darkness.

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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