Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay
Oil on canvas
54 3/4 x 32 1/8 in.
signed and dated l.l.: M J Heade \ 1868.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas
Heade was primarily a self-taught painter. Although he settled in New York in 1859 and befriended the popular landscape painters of the day, his work, such as this dark and threatening painting of the Rhode Island coast, shows that he was an artist of uncommon vision who did not follow mainstream trends. Enigmatic with its ominous black sky and sea juxtaposed with disquieting calm, this scene is beautiful in its color pattern. Nineteenth-century viewers—having come to admire Heade’s light-filled studies of marshlands and the seacoast—simply did not know what to make of this darker work.
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