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Approaching Storm: Beach near Newport

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Like many of the Hudson River School landscape painters, Martin Johnson Heade was highly attuned to meteorological phenomena. He produced this chilling scene of a thunderstorm at Point Judith, on the south coast of Rhode Island, as part of a series of compositions that depicted ominous weather...

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Lower left: M. J. Heade 186[?]


By 1925, Henry Goddard Pickering (1848-1926), Boston; 1926, by inheritance to his niece, Susan W. (Mrs. Richard Y.) Fitzgerald, Boston. 1940, with Harvey F. Additon, Boston; 1943, with Castano Galleries, Boston; 1943, with Charles D. Childs, Boston; 1944, with Newhouse Galleries and A.F. Mondschein, New York; Stephen C. Clark, New York; 1945, with Macbeth Gallery, New York; 1945, sold by Macbeth Gallery to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I.; 1945, gift of Maxim Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 13, 1945)

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Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

about 1861–62


71.12 x 148.27 cm (28 x 58 3/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas