Friday, January 20, 2017

VFFT Week 21 - A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas by Joseph Vernet

A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas, 1773, Oil on Canvas, at the MET

This is an incredible landscape.... seascape.... skyscape? Well I suppose that's the genius of Vernet. He developed an incredible collaboration of natural locations to paint a story as vivid and compelling as the Tempest. Whether its the exhibition of wind in the hair of the old man on the shore, or the delicate strike of lightning in the far off sky (look at the upper right), the sensations of wind and energy coming off this canvas transport you straight out of the dead quiet halls of the MET to the shores of Avignon at the turn of the 18th century. Definitely worth seeing if your ever in New York City!

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