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Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Steven Watson.

View of Camden Mountains from Penobscot Bay

Artist: Fitz Henry Lane (1804 - 1865)
Date: ca. 1852
12 × 18 in. (30.5 × 45.7 cm)
Framed: 20 × 25 1/2 in.
Medium: Oil on board
Credit Line: Promised Gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Place Depicted:
On View
Label TextFitz Henry Lane conveys a sense of peaceful stillness in this intimate scene of the calm waters of Penobscot Bay illuminated by the shimmering pink of the setting sun. The quiet, contemplative mood of this painting is more important to the artist than conveying details about the specific location or end-of-day activities. Both Lane and Martin Johnson Heade are often connected to American Transcendentalism, the spiritual philosophy that held that meditative experiences with nature could bring forth higher spiritual truths.