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Sailing off the Coast


Title: Sailing off the Coast
Artist: Heade, Martin Johnson    
Date of Work: 1869
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 15 1/8 x 29 1/8 in (38.4 x 74 cm)
Inscribed: Yes
Inscription Type: signed and dated
Inscription Location: lower left
Inscription Text: HEADE / 1869
Acquisition Information: Gift of the White House Historical Association
Acquisition Number: 980.1426.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

" . . . [A] disconsolate sense of time passing irrevocably . . . is established by the measured recession of the silent sails toward the sunset horizon, by the numberless pink and blue-gray bands of light and shadow that form the surface of the ocean, and by the pale pink-bellied clouds that hover almost regretfully above the horizon . . . . "Beyond viewing Sailing off the Coast as a record of an unidentified shoreline (perhaps Newport), one should recognize that the mood of the painting is allied to the mood of the country after the Civil War."

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: 175
Categories: White House Art Collection  
Type: seascapes   
Orientation: Landscape
Image ID: 232
Date (chronological sort): 1869