Off Mount Desert Island
Mount Desert Island, off the coast of Maine, first became a subject for American painters who recorded its rocky shoreline in the 1830s. For Fitz Henry Lane, the Maine coast provided a natural extension of his repertoire of New England marine imagery. In its more secluded shoreline and harbors, he found inspiration for the formal austerity and quietist mood of his late style. Lane’s reductive power is demonstrated in this spare composition, in which much of the picture plane is given over to the magical effect of a twilight sky and the shadowy form of a ship reflected in the still water.
- Artist: Fitz Henry Lane, American, 1804-1865
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1856
- Dimensions: 24 x 36 1/8 in. (61 x 91.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower left: "F H Lane 1856"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 47.114
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: 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
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)