Oil on canvas painting of northern sunset over a lake bounded by tall trees, the crescent moon above, signed at lower right with what appears as "B HARNETT". This could be by a B. J. Harnett (1847-1914), who painted in California and the Northwest; the biography is slight. The painting is an excellent example of Tonalism, a movement which flourished between about 1880 and about 1915. There are long definitions of the characteristics of the movement. Essentially Tonalist artists created serene, unified landscapes in a moody, often (but not always) dark light, the composition unified by a harmonious color or mist---often gray, brown or blue. The canvas is nearly square, measuring 21 5/8" by 22 5/8" and the piece measures 29" by 30" in 19th century gold frame. Condition is good overall considering the age of the piece (circa 1890's might be a reasonable guess---there is a date after the signature which could be interpreted as "90" or 190-). A cleaning would be beneficial. There is some lightly unstable dry-looking paint at left center in the vicinity of the horizon line, and a tiny puncture to the right of and above the hanging crescent moon.
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