The Stranded Boat

1863
Martin Johnson Heade (American, 1819–1904)


Dimensions

58.1 x 93.66 cm (22 7/8 x 36 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

48.1026

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Paintings

A masterful evocation of the coast shrouded in fog, this painting deviates from the typical horizontal emphasis of Heade’s seascapes and marshes. The title, probably not original, is misleading, as the boat has been carefully beached and secured to a stake on the shore.

Inscription

Lower right: M J. Heade/1863

Provenance

The artist; C.R. Smith, Neenah, Wis.; with Smith Estate Sale, 1948; with Victor Spark, New York, 1948; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1948; to MFA, 1948, gift of Maxim Karolik.

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865