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The Western Shore with Norman’s Woe enlarge

The Western Shore with Norman’s Woe

There is no direct proof that Lane knew (Ralph Waldo) Emerson's essays or that he ever heard him on any of the frequent occasions when Emerson visited Boston, and even Gloucester, to lecture, though on the evidence at hand, it seems unlikely that he could have escaped him. Lane left no diary and few letters, and we still know too little about him. Yet his art is perhaps the closest parallel to Emerson's Transcendentalism that America produced: of all the painters of mid-century, he was the most "transparent eyeball"...

—Barbara Novak, American Painting of the Nineteenth Century: Realism, Idealism and the American Experience, 1969


Artist: Fitz Henry Lane
Date of work: 1862
Medium: Oil on canvas
Accession number: 1147c
Credit line: Gift of Isabel B. Lane, 1946


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