York Harbor, Coast of Maine

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1877

Artist:

Martin Johnson Heade
American, 1819–1904

About this artwork

This painting represents Martin Johnson Heade’s mature style from the 1870s and contains many of the compositional elements that have led modern scholars to celebrate the artist as a proponent of Luminism. A 20th-century term, Luminism has consistently been linked to the 19th-century philosophical doctrine of transcendentalism. Stylistically, it is characterized by a horizontal format; tight, invisible brushwork; and pervasive light emanating from an unseen source. Together these qualities embody the intellectual spirit of the American writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), who found transcendental unity in the contemplation of nature’s stillness.

On View

American Art, Gallery 170

Artist

Martin Johnson Heade

Title

York Harbor, Coast of Maine

Origin

York Harbor

Date

1877

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: M.J. Heade

Dimensions

38.7 × 76.8 cm (15 1/4 × 30 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mrs. Herbert A. Vance; Americana, Lacy Armour and Roger McCormick endowments; through prior gifts of Dr. and Mrs. R. Gordon Brown, Emily Crane Chadbourne, George F. Harding Collection, Brooks McCormick, and James S. Pennington

Reference Number

1999.291

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