Approaching Storm

  • Edward Mitchell Bannister, Approaching Storm, 1886, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of G. William Miller, 1983.95.62

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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)

Title
Approaching Storm
Artists
Date
1886
On View
Dimensions
40 1/8 x 60 in. (102.0 x 152.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of G. William Miller

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Landscape – weather – storm
  • Occupation – industry – lumber
Object Number
1983.95.62
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