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Edward Mitchell Bannister
Tree Landscape
1877
oil
20 x 30 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Melvin and H. Alan Frank from the Frank Family Collection



A grove of shady oaks dominates Edward Mitchell Bannister's evocative impression of rural Rhode Island. This African American artist embraced landscape painting as an affirmation of the harmony and spirituality in “all created things, expounding for us the laws of beauty.”