Our Art / Fitz Henry Lane
Born into a family of seafaring family, Lane (1804–1865) was an American painter and printmaker who came to be known for his style that would later be called Luminism, for its use of pervasive light. One particularly characteristic element of his paintings is the incredible attention to detail — probably due in part to his artistic training focused on extreme realism as popular in that era. Lane’s father was a sailmaker, and it is often thought that Lane would have pursued a seafaring career instead of an artist, had it not been for a lifelong handicap Lane developed as a child. At the age of eighteen months, Lane became paralyzed in his legs from which Lane would never recover. It has been suggested that because he could not play games with other children, he was forced to find other means of amusement leading him to discover and develop his talent for drawing.