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Woman Standing near a Pond

Edward Mitchell Bannister, American (born Canada), 1828–1901
Oil on canvas
Made in
Rhode Island, United States, North and Central America
Current Location
On View, Gallery 336
16 1/4 x 22 1/4 in. (41.3 x 56.5 cm)
framed: 21 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (54.6 x 69.9 x 5.4 cm)
Credit Line
Museum Minority Artists Purchase Fund
Public Domain
Object Number
A simply dressed woman passes through a country landscape. Luminous, still waters reflect an atmospheric sky, suggesting the serene spirituality the artist perceived in nature. Edward Mitchell Bannister, an African American, stated that the discrimination he experienced because of his heritage multiplied his artistic struggles tenfold. Despite such obstacles, Bannister became one of the premier landscape artists of his day, earning a bronze medal for another oil painting at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876.
- 1984
Robert Marcello, RI

1984 -
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA, given by Robert Marcello

by 1992 - still in 1993
The Honorable and Mrs. Frederick Brown, Boston, MA, acquired from The Provincetown Art Association and Museum [1]

Aaron Payne, Brooklyn, NY

- 2007
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY, purchased from Aaron Payne [2]

2007 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC [3]

The main source for this provenance is an information sheet from Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC [SLAM document files].

[1] The painting is most likely the one published in the catalogue for a 1992-1993 exhibition as "Woman on a Road Near a Stream" owned by Frederick Brown ["Edward Mitchell Bannister, 1828-1901." New York: Kenkeleba House; Harry N. Abrams, 1992, p.77].

[2] Email from Michael Rosenfeld, June 7, 2007 [SLAM document files].

[3] Invoice from Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, dated June 13, 2007 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, June 26, 2007.
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