Untitled (moon over a harbor, wharf scene with full moon and masts of boats)
Edward Mitchell Bannister
Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828
Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901
oil on fiberboard 9 5/8 x 15 1/4 in. (24.5 x 38.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of H. Alan and Melvin Frank
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 9B
Luce Center Label
Edward Mitchell Bannister lived his entire life by the sea and probably made this painting while he was living in Boston in the late 1860s. Although he never traveled abroad, Bannister was influenced by late nineteenth-century French landscape painting, which shows in his thick brushstrokes, subdued colors, and simple compositions. In this painting of a moonlit harbor, the misty colors and bleak landscape create a mysterious scene, as if Bannister had painted it in the middle of the night.
- This object is featured in the Luce Center's Mix Tape.
Architecture - boat - sailboat
Landscape - celestial - moon
Landscape - time - night
Landscape - wharf
Waterscape - boat
paint - oil