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Edward Mitchell Bannister

People Near Boat

People Near Boat, Edward Mitchell Bannister
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People Near Boat is an Oil on Canvas Painting created by Edward Mitchell Bannister in 1893. It lives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the United States. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Boats and Self-portraits. SourceDownload

Edward Mitchell Bannister was a prolific artist, and this painting is a rarity in his wide catalogue. Known for his pastoral landscapes and coastal scenes, Bannister rarely painted people into his work, choosing instead to represent harmony in serene rivers and quiet trees. Here though, we have not one but four figures, in a scene that looks taken from life. According to some scholars, the bearded man is Bannister himself, which would make this a self-portrait of an artist who preferred to paint trees.

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