Edward B. Gay
Boy with Boat, Long Island, 1885
Signed Edward Gay. (ll)
Oil on canvas
17 1/8 x 26 3/4 inches
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York
This work was painted in 1885, the year that Gay exhibited another Long Island scene, Washed by the Sea, at the National Academy of Design. That work was praised for its simple yet bold handling of space, air and light, and its masterful treatment of tone and gradation. This success inspired Gay to create a series of views of Long Island Sound. By the early 1880s, Gay was reportedly traveling the sound in search of subject matter on his steam yacht, the "Gitche Gumme," which was said to be a "haven of pleasure for his friends" (Ronald G. Pisano, Long Island Landscape Painting, 1820-1920 (Boston, 1985), p. 87.
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