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Approaching Storm

1886 Edward Mitchell Bannister Born: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada 1828 Died: Providence, Rhode Island 1901 oil on canvas 40 1/8 x 60 in. (102.0 x 152.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of G. William Miller 1983.95.62 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 13A

Luce Center Label

This windy scene of a lone figure struggling in the face of a storm would have held special meaning for nineteenth-century viewers, who believed that their nation's landscape was infused with God's presence. In 1886, the year he painted Approaching Storm, Edward Mitchell Bannister wrote an essay titled "The Artist and His Critics," in which he argued that spiritual expression is the artist's ultimate goal. (Hartigan, Sharing Traditions, 1985)


Figure male - full length

Landscape - weather - storm

Occupation - industry - lumber


paint - oil

fabric - canvas