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Twilight

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Twilight

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Martin Johnson Heade
American, 1819–1904

Date

ca. 1886

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

73.51

Dimensions

28 x 54 1/8 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 307

Description

Martin Johnson Heade achieved his most popular success with paintings of the flat salt marsh regions along the East Coast. His humble landscape subjects set him apart from those contemporaries who pursued more dramatic vistas of the American wilderness.

Heade’s work featured the evocative effects of light and atmosphere, qualities emphasized in horizontal compositions of striking simplicity. The artist painted this mature work in Saint Augustine, Florida, where he settled permanently in 1884. Twilight captures the transitional mood of what Heade called “our worn-out country” after the Civil War.

Credit

Gift in memory of Howard R. Peevy from his wife