One of Heade¹s Þrst large-scale works, this painting was praised by a reviewer in the 1860s for its evocation of the "ominous hush...[and] the dread feeling in the coming storm." The artist¹s name was not then well known, but the same writer predicted that if he was "capable of diverse statements of nature as true as this, he will make his mark."

Martin Johnson Heade, Approaching Thunder Storm, 1859
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gift of Erving Wolfe Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Erving Wolf, 1975

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