July 30, 2008 – August 1, 2008
August 1, 2008
MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE
Haying on the Marsh". Signed and dated lower left "M.J. Heade '67". Most likely Newburyport, MA or a surrounding town.
Provenance: Descended in the family of the original owner.
This is the first time this painting has been available for sale since its original purchase.
This painting has been authenticated by Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr.
Martin Johnson Heade is widely considered one of the most important American painters of the 19th century. Along with contemporaries such as Sanford Gifford, Fitz Henry Lane, and Frederick Church, Heade is thought of as one the leaders of what 20th century scholars term “American Luminism”. Although he also specialized in beautifully-detailed still lifes and studies of South American hummingbirds, he is perhaps best known for his brilliant sunset scenes of haystack-strewn salt marshes along the New England coast.
It is thought that Heade painted over 130 marsh landscapes throughout his career, making them his most popular subject. “Haying on the Marsh” is typical of many of these works in its major elements: a dramatic sunset over a low horizon, and a salt marsh divided by sculpted haystacks and winding waterways. What is less common in this work is the artist’s choice to prominently feature figures in the landscape. Rarer still is that the figures are not passive, but are in motion as they hurry to move the salt hay before sunset.
The painting has descended in the same Rhode Island family since it was purchased in the 1860s, presumably from the artist. We are confident that this is the first time it has been available for sale since then. A more detailed provenance will be available to the successful bidder.
Oil on panel, 7½" x 14¼". Original gilt frame."
Condtion report available upon request.
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