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Artist Biography

 Following a fifteen year run as a lithographer at Pendletons in Boston, Fitz Hugh Lane returned to Gloucester and painting in 1847. The next 18 years of his life are regarded by Art Historians as the absolute high point in American Marine Painting. His mastery of this medium was such that a new term was invented to describe how he transcended mere marine painting into something greater. This synthesis was the result of the addition of a unique and special atmosphere, there-by becoming what is now called Luminism. Other artists from the mid-nineteenth century are included in this group, but Lane is regarded along with Frederick E. Church as the best and brightest.