Sunset Scene

  • Edward Mitchell Bannister, Sunset Scene, ca. 1875-1885, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell, 1983.95.82

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Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828–1901) lived by the sea for most of his life, and many of his paintings, including Sunset Scene, feature boats or bodies of water. Here, the glowing oranges and yellows immediately draw us into the center of the image, highlighting the indistinct trees and buildings in the background. Bannister's intimate views of the American landscape contrast with the large vistas of mountains and canyons painted by many of his contemporaries. This picturesque scene, in which nature is shown as passive and calm, is typical of Bannister's work.

Title
Sunset Scene
Artists
Date
ca. 1875-1885
On View
Dimensions
10 3/4 x 18 7/8 in. (27.2 x 48.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Dr. Charles Mandell

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Waterscape – coast
  • Landscape – time – sunset
  • Architecture – boat – sailboat
Object Number
1983.95.82
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