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Object Details
Medium: Oil on canvas 
Dimensions: 58.4 x 86.4 cm (23 x 34 in.), framed: 81.3 x 110.5 x 9.5 cm (32 x 43 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.) 
Geog. Data:  
Period: 19th century 
Culture American 
Lighthouse at Camden, Maine
1851
Artist: Fitz Henry Lane, American, 1804?1865
Gift of the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation
1992.122.1
The preeminent American marine painter of the mid-nineteenth century, Lane is now regarded as one of the pivotal figures in American art. Known for a mastery in rendering the nuances of water, light, and air under differing conditions of time and weather, his marine scenes are the culmination of years of observing and recording nature. Born in the fishing port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, the son of a sail-maker, Lane was partially paralyzed early in his life. Trained as a printmaker, he began to paint and exhibit seriously in the 1840s. "Lighthouse at Camden, Maine" was made on one of his many trips to Maine, where he would sketch during extensive cruises. The thin layers of paint and subtle colors contribute to the effect of arrested time, stillness, and heightened lucidity that characterize Lane's best period. 
This object is on view at the gallery.
Bibliography
Peter Hawes, A Great Panorama Celebrating Twenty-five Years of American Art at Yale, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 20, ill.
Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 150, no. 88, ill.
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