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Running Before the Storm

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At once melodramatic and comic, "Running Before the Storm" shows a sudden thunderstorm on an unidentified and quite possibly fictional farm by a lake. Lightning crackles through an ominous sky, horses rear and buck nervously, laundry flaps wildly on the line, and two children struggle against...

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Before 1946, private collection, central New York state; 1946, with Harry Shaw Newman, New York; 1946, sold by Harry Shaw Newman to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R. I.; 1946, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1946)

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

about 1870


60.96 x 92.07 cm (24 x 36 1/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas