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Approaching Storm: Beach near Newport

Martin Johnson Headeabout 1861 - 1862

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Heade's almost mythic rendering of a storm approaching the Rhode Island coast was one of a series he painted of this site. Here, he evoked nature's energy not through turbulence but through deadly calm. The darkening sky and water, the exaggeratedly long shoreline, and the odd, stylized rocks all create an ominous mood.

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