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Beach of Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Massachusetts

1881 F. K. M. Rehn Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1848 Died: Magnolia, Massachusetts 1914 oil on canvas 22 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (56.4 x 91.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Martha L. Loomis 1949.8.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Frank Knox Morton Rehn was known primarily as a marine painter whose images captured scenes along the Massachusetts coast. This painting depicts a stretch of beach in Gloucester, a popular East Coast tourist destination throughout the nineteenth century. The scene is dominated by sky and sea, yet Rehn avoided using shades of blue and instead chose warmer tones of brown and red. This limited use of color emphasizes the dark shadows under the approaching waves, making them appear much bigger than they really are. This, combined with the deserted beach, evokes the latent power of the sea in a view that initially appears calm.

Keywords

Architecture - boat - sailboat

Landscape - beach

Landscape - coast

Landscape - Massachusetts - Gloucester

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About F. K. M. Rehn

Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1848 Died: Magnolia, Massachusetts 1914