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Meditation by the Sea

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Meditation by the Sea has fascinated scholars of folk art for its unique combination of naivety and sophistication. As did many self-taught artists, the painting’s creator derived inspiration from the popular press. The source for the composition has been identified as a wood engraving by an...

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1943, with J. B. Neumann, New York; 1943, sold by J. B. Neumann 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

early 1860s


34.61 x 49.85 cm (13 5/8 x 19 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas