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Summer Showers

Martin Johnson Heade

American Art

Although Martin Johnson Heade’s depictions of marshy coastal wetlands offered little topographical drama, his small panoramic paintings of the salt-hay harvests from the 1860s to the 1880s adeptly captured fleeting effects of light and weather. Bluntly cropped at all four edges, these scenes lack a traditional dramatic focus, distinguishing them from the mainstream of landscape imagery at the time.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1865–1870
DIMENSIONS 13 1/8 × 26 1/4 in. (33.4 × 66.6 cm) frame (2024 remeasured frame): 19 3/4 × 32 3/4 × 3 3/4 in. (50.2 × 83.2 × 9.5 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "M J Heade"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
PROVENANCE Prior to 1946, provenance not yet documented; before 1946, acquired by an unidentified collector; 1946, acquired from an unidentified collector by John Nicholson Gallery, New York; January 8, 1947, purchased from John Nicholson Gallery by the Brooklyn Museum.
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CAPTION Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904). Summer Showers, ca. 1865–1870. Oil on canvas, 13 1/8 × 26 1/4 in. (33.4 × 66.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 47.8 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.8_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 47.8_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2017
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