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Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City


Title: Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City
Artist: Tanner, Henry Ossawa   
Date of Work: c. 1885
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 30 3/16 x 59 7/16 in (76.7 x 151 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed
Inscription Location: lower left
Inscription Text: HOT[monogram]ANNER
Acquisition Information: Gift of the White House Historical Association/The White House Endowment Fund
Acquisition Number: 995.1759.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"Sand Dunes is constructed with a bold sweep of windblown beach bordered by rising dunes. Remarkably, where sand is depicted, the artist actually mixed sand into his pigments to emulate the texture. The viewpoint is that of an isolated stroller on the lonely strand, walking in the shallow trough toward the water's edge. . . . In the scrubby vegetation Tanner captures exactly the permanently windbent attitude of the hardy clumps of sea grass that rhythmically stud the sand. . . . The sun . . . tinges the sky with a rosy glow, and the moon rises through the haze of approaching evening."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 192
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: landscapes   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 189
Date (chronological sort): 1885