This is an original oil on canvas painting of a sailing ship in moonlight. This painting is signed Edward Moran lower left corner. The canvas measures 20X16 inches. It comes housed in a period gilt deep frame. Born in England, Edward Moran is best known for his marine paintings, and is credited with the Moran family's entry into the art world.
He and his brother studied and shared a studio in Philadelphia and then both returned for a time to England. While there they were heavily influenced by the paintings of J M W Turner
Edward was known for his silvery tones and loose accents of light. He developed a style based primarily upon English painting of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and seventeenth-century Dutch painting. Edward Moran's forte was seascapes. His Hints for Practical Study of Marine Paintingwere published in issues of Art Amateur in 1888, and reflected his expertise on the subject. A beautiful combination the darkness of the sea at night with the rising moon just behind.
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