Martin Johnson Heade, 1858 - Rhode Island Shore - fine art print

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Artwork description by the museum (© Copyright - by Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) was one of the central figures in the American luminist movement, a late manifestation of the Hudson River school of landscape painting. During the third quarter of the 19th century, landscape artists such as Heade combined accurate, naturalistic detail with brilliant illumination and a sense of order and harmony to create timeless, silent images that seemingly defy their specificity. Among Heade’s most prized works are his views of the salt marshes around Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, along the New Jersey coast, and in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Rhode Island Shore dates from the artist’s first stay in Providence, in 1858, when he initially turned to the theme. The site – Church Cove in Mount Hope Bay looking toward Mount Hope – was rich in historical associations. This was the place where King Philip, the chief of the Wampanoag Indians, died in 1676. Although his death marked a critical point in the subjugation of the Indians of southern New England by the European settlers, the landscape as it appeared in the mid-19th century offered no hint of this past conflict. Yet the 19th-century public would have been well aware of the site’s significance. The serenity of the scene also belied the actual turbulence of Heade’s own era. Through such hushed images as Rhode Island Shore as well as other placid harbor views and picturesque scenes of the Eastern coast, luminists offered the American viewing public a sense of order and clam at a time when heightening political, social, and economic tensions were erupting into a bloody civil war. Heade’s marsh scenes, of which Rhode Island Shore is the earliest known example, are panoramas of flat terrains punctuated by small mounds of hay. Most of the marsh scenes are small in scale, presented in a narrow, open-ended horizontal format. The sky, often in dramatic sunset hues, usually dominates at least half of the composition. All is meticulously painted, the brushstrokes barely discernible. Nothing is allowed to distract the observer from the simplicity and order of the tautly composed landscapes. Even humans are absent, although the haystacks signify the presence of an important industry derived from the marshy swamp area. The scenes gain their quiet power from the abstract relationships of horizontals and verticals, a limited vocabulary of harmonious contrasts. Although the views often appear airless, they are about light and atmosphere. Because Rhode Island Shore was the first of Heade’s marsh paintings, it does not strictly conform to his later, more characteristic haystack scenes but instead suggests affinities to the earlier Hudson River School aesthetic from which it emerged. Larger and squarer in format, the scene is also livelier and more atmospheric, with the view framed by a large dark tree on the right. Yet the elements that are the hallmark of Heade’s mature art and the quintessential luminist approach are already present. Through the generosity of the late Charles and Elma Shoemaker, the Los Angeles public can now enjoy Rhode Island Shore in all its delicate splendor, a gentle reminder of our nation’s nostalgic desire for tranquility.

Structured table of the artwork

Artwork name: "Rhode Island Shore"
Artwork categorization: painting
Art classification: modern art
Artwork century: 19th century
Created in the year: 1858
Approximate age of artwork: around 160 years
Medium of original artwork: oil on canvas
Dimensions of the original work of art: 20 1/4 x 32 1/4 in (51,44 x 81,92 cm)
Museum / location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Place of the museum: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Available under: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Artwork license: public domain
Courtesy of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (

Quick overview of the artist

Name: Martin Johnson Heade
Also known as: Heed Martin Johnson, Heade, m.j. heade, Martin Johnson Heade, Heade Martin Johnson, Heade Martin J.
Gender of the artist: male
Artist nationality: American
Jobs: painter, traveller
Home country: United States
Artist classification: modern artist
Art styles: Realism
Lifespan: 85 years
Birth year: 1819
Hometown: Lumberville, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, United States
Died in the year: 1904
Deceased in (place): Saint Augustine, Saint Johns county, Florida, United States

The product specifications

Article type: art print
Method of reproduction: digital reproduction
Production method: UV direct printing
Provenance: made in Germany
Type of stock: on demand
Intended usage: gallery wall, wall décor
Artwork orientation: landscape format
Image ratio: 3 : 2 length : width
Implication: the length is 50% longer than the width
Materials: metal print (aluminium dibond), poster print (canvas paper), acrylic glass print (with real glass coating), canvas print
Canvas print (canvas on stretcher frame) size options: 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31"
Acrylic glass print (with real glass coating): 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31"
Poster print (canvas paper) variants: 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31"
Aluminium print (aluminium dibond material) size variants: 30x20cm - 12x8", 60x40cm - 24x16", 90x60cm - 35x24", 120x80cm - 47x31"
Frame: please bear in mind that this art print does not have a frame

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In 1858 the painter Martin Johnson Heade made the piece of art "Rhode Island Shore". The 160 year-old version of the artpiece measures the size - 20 1/4 x 32 1/4 in (51,44 x 81,92 cm) and was painted with the technique oil on canvas. Nowadays, the artwork is part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's art collection in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. With courtesy of - Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( (licensed - public domain).In addition, the artwork has the creditline: . Moreover, alignment of the digital reproduction is in landscape format with an image ratio of 3 : 2, meaning that the length is 50% longer than the width. The painter, traveller Martin Johnson Heade was a North American artist, whose style was mainly Realism. The North American artist was born in 1819 in Lumberville, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, United States and died at the age of 85 in 1904 in Saint Augustine, Saint Johns county, Florida, United States.

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