Edward Moran (1829-1901)
Shipping at Sunset, c. 1870
Oil on canvas, 11 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.
Signed lower left: Edward Moran
Shipping at Sunset depicts three men in a rowboat heading away from a schooner in the middle ground. A tugboat passes another schooner in the right distance, and several sails can be seen on the horizon. The distant ships are rendered insubstantial by the brilliance of the setting sun, which glints on the water and tints the clouds in hues ranging from gold to purple. The appealing pastel palette also includes rosy hues in the clouds and waves and the last hints of a blue sky at the top of the composition. Moran’s lightness of touch conveys the impression of moving water and lends the picture a relaxed mood.