Approaching Storm, Beach Near Newport, c.1866-1867
Oil on canvas, 28 x 58 1/4 inches (71.12 x 147.96 cm)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Heade's primary interest in landscape, and the paintings for which Heade is perhaps best known today, was the New England coastal salt marsh. Contrary to typical Hudson River School displays of scenic mountains, valleys, and waterfalls, Heade's marsh landscapes avoided depictions of grandeur. Heade focused instead on the horizontal expanse of subdued scenery, deep dark water or employed repeating motifs that included small haystacks and diminutive figures.