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Martin Johnson Heade

American Art

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Imagining the New Nation’s Landscape, 1800–1880
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 frame: 21 1/8 x 34 1/4 x 3 in. (53.7 x 87 x 7.6 cm) 13 1/8 x 26 1/4 in. (33.4 x 66.6 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "M J Heade"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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