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The Great Florida Sunset is an oil on canvas painted in 1887, as it can be noted through its date, right next to the painter’s signature in the lower right corner. Martin Johnson Heade, an American painter, became known for his expressive and stunning landscape paintings. At the time of this painting, which depicts the varying colors of the sky masterfully during sunset, Johnson Heade had moved to St. Augustine because of his marriage. His production then focused on Florida’s salt marshes and a beautiful series of still-lifes of Magnolias. Other canvases painted during this period are The Great Florida Marsh, Sunrise Florida, and Florida River Scene Early Evening After Sunset.
Martin Johnson Heade was a peculiar and unique figure in American art. His first contact with art was through the teachings of regional folk artists, and his early paintings are marked by a rough manner, as can be noted in his first portraits. To complete his education, Martin Johnson stayed a couple of years in Rome. There he perfected his technique, and after his return, moved to New York.
While at one of the US’ economic and cultural centers, the artist met and established a friendship with fellow painters of the Hudson River School. Even though he became associated with the movement because of their shared interest in landscape painting and an atmospheric style, historians today question his inclusion in the group, arguing that his work needs to be considered on its own. Heade didn’t acquire fame during his life, but today he is recognized as a significant American artist, and he produced an astounding number of works during his life.
The Great Florida Sunset is a large oil on canvas, with dimensions of 137.8 by 243.7 cm, being the largest that the artist ever painted. It was commissioned by Henry Morrison Flagler, a business associate of John D. Rockefeller. This commission entailed in Morrison becoming one of the painter’s most prominent patrons, regularly buying his work in the subsequent years.
The painting is very realistic, with the grading of the sunset rays depicted with accuracy. In the sky, the viewer spots many colors: a light green-blue of the night arriving at the top left, the surrounding pink, brown, and orange clouds, and a strong and bright reddish-orange at the center. In the bottom portion of the painting, the water reflects the sky with dark greens and smooth pinkish-orange tonalities. The surrounding vegetation was done in warm greens and browns, providing the image with a tropical feeling.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The Great Florida Sunset, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The Great Florida Sunset that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. A tracking number will be emailed to you as soon as the order leaves our studio so you can track it online. All orders ship express and usually arrive within 4-5 days from the shipping date. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service.