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Cloudy Day, Rhode Island

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This early marsh scene already shows Heade's mastery of composition and his sensitivity to the changeability of weather. The primary focus is the dense atmosphere of threatening rain. The two figures, a fisherman and a child, appear to be African American-an interesting detail, as the nation was...

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Inscription

Lower left: M J Heade/1861; lower right, on fence rail: M.J. Heade/1861

Provenance

The artist; auction, Brooklyn, New York; with Victor Spark, New York, 1944; with Macbeth, New York, 1945; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1945; to MFA, 1947, gift of Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

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

1861

Dimensions

29.53 x 64.45 cm (11 5/8 x 25 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

47.1158

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Americas

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