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Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay, today part of the Museum Of Fine Arts Boston’s collection, is an oil on canvas painted by Martin Johnson Heade. It’s a picture of a calming scene: a small boat sailing peacefully across the shore while the sun is coming up and the sky goes from its greyish blue to the vivid yellow rays of the day. Even though Heade worked extensively with landscapes and still-life paintings, he always kept depicting seascapes throughout the years. Among his other works on the subject, there are Approaching Thunderstorm, Approaching Storm, Beach Near Newport, and Salt Marsh Hay.
Martin Johnson Heade was a prolific American landscape painter. Being almost self-taught, except for his artistic exchange with his fellow painters and early classes with folk artists, Heade was admired for his mastery in oil painting techniques from the 1860s on. After moving to New York, he met Frederic Edwin Church, with whom he worked in the same studio for around ten years. Church’s work was known as Luminism, focusing on seasonal change, landscape, and dramatic lighting effects, which Heade adapted to his work.
For many years Heade’s oeuvre was thought of as a minor manifestation of the Hudson River School. While there are shared characteristics between Heade and the group of painters, and Heade met and knew many of them, their manner and subject are significantly different, making Heade’s work a peculiar case of 19th-century American painting.
Thunder Storm On Narraganset Bay is an oil on canvas of rectangular shape. Differing from the calm and beautiful landscapes seen in his other artworks or the Hudson River School’s body of work, the painter depicted a very dark scene in this piece. In the top portion of the composition, there are big gray clouds with a blueish aspect. Below them, the sky goes gradually from white to black. Heade used brushstrokes as a form of giving the impression of falling rain. The sea is mostly black, and seven sailing boats seem to be fleeing from the storm. At the bottom portion, we have a strong contrast of the light white-like sand and the black waters, and there are some fishermen leaving the shore and pulling their boat. As in many of Heade’s work, the lighting is one of the main factors, and here it’s used brilliantly to give a vivid quality to the painting.
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