Although he painted a number of portraits, Barnard is best known for his impressionist landscapes of Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts, as well as his views of Mystic, Connecticut, where he and fellow artist Charles Henry Hayden spent summers during the 1890s.
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Founded by their friend and colleague Charles Davis in 1891, who lived there year-round, Mystic became a popular artists’ colony for those eager for a break from the heat and commotion of city life during the warmer months and to pursue their nascent interest in Impressionism. The coastal community offered a wealth of inspiration and in Barnard’s Along the Shore, Mystic, Connecticut, one is immediately absorbed by the play of light and range of soft colors evident in the rocks and water.
Brodney Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
To Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 36885, March 1979
To private collection, Boston, Massachusetts, April 1979 to present
1). (top stretcher, upside down, in pencil) Along Shore, Mystic, Conn
2). (top stretcher, upside down, in pencil) P28-12
3). (lower stretcher, in pencil) 251.17
The New Britain Museum of American Art / Exhibition: CT Impressionists / Dates: June 1 – August 27, 2000 / Artist: Edward H. Barnard / Title: Along the Shore, Mystic, CT, Ca. / 1890 / Medium: Oil on canvas / Size: 14” x 18”
Connecticut Impressionists, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut, June 1 – August 27, 2000