Arts Everyday Living: A Week at the Sea—Van Gogh & Heade, Peace in the Storm

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A WEEK AT THE SEA

THE COMING THUNDERSTORM

 

There is peace even in the storm.*

Vincent van Gogh

Martin Johnson Heade, Approaching Thunder Storm, 1859, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Martin Johnson Heade, Approaching Thunder Storm, 1859, oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) was an early American landscape artist who traveled extensively, beginning in the northeastern United States, where he created the eerie Approaching Thunder Storm along Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.  Eventually, he would be drawn to Florida and Brazil, producing a unique series of tropical flowers often enhanced by the fragile beauty of the hummingbird.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) continues to be one of the most beloved artistic figures today; his exhibitions attract millions of museum goers worldwide.  In addition to his visual legacy, Vincent has left hundreds of insightful and moving letters to family members (particularly his brother Theo) as well as friends that are easily accessible online.

*From Van Gogh’s letter to Theo, November 3, 1876.

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