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Untitled (landscape, man on horse)

1884 Edward Mitchell Bannister Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901 oil on canvas 26 x 40 1/8 in. (66.1 x 101.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Irwin M. Sparr 1983.95.110 Not currently on view


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Edward Bannister painted this landscape toward the end of his long career. The focus of the peaceful country scene is the break in the clouds. Light played a prominent role in many of Bannister’s works, reflecting a deep Christian faith that sustained him throughout his life. He found comfort in his long walks in the country in search of views that would make good paintings. His desire to capture God’s presence in nature was shared by numerous nineteenth-century landscape artists, who followed the advice of America’s first great landscape painter, Thomas Cole, to be more than “mere leaf painters.”

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Equestrian

Landscape - road

Landscape - weather - cloud

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Edward Mitchell Bannister

Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901

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