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View of the Shimmering Sea from Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

View of the Shimmering Sea from Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Artist: Feodor Zakharov (American, born Russia, 1882–1968)
Culture: American, Russian
Date: c. 1927
Medium: Oil on canvas
32 x 45 inches (81.3 x 114.3 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Label Text:This painting shows an unspoiled world that is calm, quiet and still. Gentle waves lap the pristine coastline at the southwest corner of Cape Cod, Massachusetts near Martha's Vineyard. On the horizon is a single sailboat, the only evidence of human life in a world that otherwise appears deserted.

Feodor Zakharov was a Russian-born artist who studied at the Moscow School of Fine Arts and immigrated to the United States in 1924. A painter of portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, Zakharov's scenes were true to nature with an accuracy some likened to photography. His traditional style and subject matter recall the earlier landscape movements of the nineteenth century, which by this time had begun to fade in popularity.

Object number: 1996.6.1