This painting caught my eye as I was reading about Edward Bannister and admiring his art. He was a very successful African-American artist in the late nineteenth century in Providence, RI. I like the painting because of the serenity which he portrays relative to the house in the background. The gentleman in the foreground almost seem as though he is guarding the house.
Edward Bannister was originally from New Brunswick, Canada and travelled to Rhode Island after he married his wife, Cristiana Carteaux, originally from Rhode Island. The two were very charismatic and active Abolitionists. He had very little formal training in art, but was able to become very well-known and a recipient of many awards for his art, despite the racism and bigotry associated with him because of his race.
This dreamy redition of a sailboat at sea is indicative of his immensely spiritual nature. The tranquility is a theme which is prevalent throughout his works.
Here is a beautiful view of Dorchester, Massachusetts, which was a promotional painting to attract the attention of the wealthy people living on the water. Bannister had many wealthy patrons.
His artwork is included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., which has many of the paintings that have managed to survive. Many were lost.