Brig Off the Maine Coast by Fitz Hugh Lane
Brig Off the Maine Coast by Fitz Hugh Lane

Brig Off the Maine Coast

Brig Off the Maine Coast (image 1 of 2) c1851 by American Painter Fitz Hugh Lane (1804 – 1865); a landscape painter, marine painter and printmaker.

This is a beautiful marine art seascape painting of a small sailing ship navigating rough seas near the Maine coast as a storm passes behind the vessel.

In the distant background we can see another sailing vessel and in the front left, debris of some sort floating some ways in front of the ship.

To the right is an embankment of boulders with two seagulls resting on them, while third seagull flies above the waves and ocean spray.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Fitz was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts on December 19, 1804 to Jonathan Dennison Lane a sailmaker, and was christened Nathaniel Rogers Lane on March 17, 1805.

On December 26, 1831 made a formal request to the state of Massachusetts to change his name from Nathaniel Rogers Lane to Fitz Henry Lane; and at the age of 27 on March 13, 1832 the state of Massachusetts granted him the name change.

For a brief period in his early life, Fitz worked as a shoe maker; but upon recognizing that he could draw much better than he could make shoes, moved to Boston, Massachusetts to take lessons in drawing and painting and started a career as a marine painter.

Fitz acquired his artistic lessons through his employment at the Pendleton’s Lithography shop in Boston from 1832 to 1847; and from this experience and the skills he acquired he was able to produce high quality marine paintings.

Fitz is recognized for creating the style known as Luminism (a style characterized by effects of light in landscape, through the use of aerial perspective and the concealment of visible brushstrokes – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminism_(American_art_style))

In 1848 Fitz returned to Gloucester, and permanently settled there; and in 1849 beganoverseeing the construction of a house and studio combination of his own design on Cuncan’s Point; which would remain his primary residence for the rest of his life.

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