Idyllic and impassioned, this canvas suggests the artist's inclination for painting coastal marine locations for their aesthetic beauty as much as for any specific subjects. A sense of quiet reverberates from the still marsh, with its deep woods and the stoic heron with its vertical posture.
Moran is one of the strongest 19th Century artists of New York waterways, and while widely known as a marine painter, he did a substantial number of headland landscapes. Within this painting he has captured such a sense of the light qualities that one can only wonder if the reality of the waning sunlight reflected on the water and radiating through a clouded sky could match up to his superb effort. The soft brushwork of the thule reds and visible cat tails are just some of the wide array of flora present.
The greater New York area is home to large wilderness areas still today, but once species of wildlife and flora flourished everywhere off the Atlantic, along the Hudson River and near the state's eastern boundaries along Lake Ontario down to the tip of Florida. Wherever the setting, Moran happened upon it in his travels, and took the time and effort to masterfully depict the complete sense of relaxation and passive enjoyment he and any other observers of this hidden spot can still experience when viewing this painting.
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