Sunrise over Fishing Waters – Maine

Media - 1982.1.32 - SAAM-1982.1.32_1 - 66671
Copied William E. Norton, Sunrise over Fishing Waters--Maine, ca. 1880, oil on wood mounted on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin, 1982.1.32
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Artwork Details

Sunrise over Fishing Waters – Maine
ca. 1880
8 1413 in. (21.033.0 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Alice H. Rossin
Mediums Description
oil on wood mounted on paperboard
  • Waterscape — coast
  • Waterscape — sea — Atlantic Ocean
  • Landscape — Maine
  • Waterscape — time — sunrise
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Artwork Description

William E. Norton lived in Boston but spent a great deal of time painting on the coast of Maine. He preferred to work outdoors and probably painted Sunrise over Fishing Waters—Maine during one of his summer trips to the coast. Rather than paint every detail, Norton used delicate dabs of paint to quickly capture the overall scene like the sun's reflection in the water, the breaking waves, and the small sails off in the distance.