Off Mount Desert Island
Fitz Henry Lane
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Imagining the New Nation’s Landscape, 1800–1880
Mount Desert Island, off the coast of Maine, first became a subject for American painters in the 1830s. For Fitz Henry Lane, the Maine coast provided a natural extension of his repertoire of New England marine imagery. Lane’s reductive power is demonstrated in this spare composition, in which much of the picture plane is given over to the effect of a twilight sky and the shadowy form of a ship reflected in the still water.
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 1/8 in. (61 x 91.8 cm)
frame: 31 x 43 x 3 1/4 in. (78.7 x 109.2 x 8.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "F H Lane 1856"
Museum Collection Fund
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Fitz Henry Lane (American, 1804-1865). Off Mount Desert Island, 1856. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 1/8 in. (61 x 91.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 47.114 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 47.114_cropped_SL1.jpg)
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