Blue Sail Fleet Returns

  • Earl Cunningham, Blue Sail Fleet Returns, after 1949, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mennello, 1988.64

Luce Center Label

Earl Cunningham painted more than four hundred images of the sea, based on his memories of voyages up and down the East Coast. Blue Sail Fleet Returns does not show an actual location, but rather a combination of real and imaginary elements. He created a fantasy world with purple water, orange trees, and birds as large as a house, and may have included himself as one of the tiny fishermen on the pier. The sea represented freedom to Cunningham, and one of his dreams was to own a houseboat so he could live permanently on the water ("Earl Cunningham's American Eden," Gary Schwan, The Palm Beach Post, 1994, Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, 1990-1999, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution).

Title
Blue Sail Fleet Returns
Artist
Date
after 1949
On View
Dimensions
16 1/2 x 36 1/4 in. (41.8 x 92.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mennello

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bird
  • Architecture – boat – sailing ship
  • Waterscape – time – sunset
  • Waterscape – harbor
Object Number
1988.64
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

ca. 1963
oil on fiberboard

More Artworks from the Collection

ca. 1910
oil on plywood
1892
oil on canvas
1860-1900
oil on paperboard