France 1714 – 1789
Tempête sur la côte méditerranéenne [Storm on the Mediterranean coast] c.1745 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas
Vernet was one of the most admired and infl uential landscape and marine painters of the 18th century, best known for his evocative coastal scenes and vivid impressions of the effects of nature. Mediterranean port, calm weather, depicting a cool early morning with the rising sun dispelling the mist over a calm Italianate harbour, stands in dramatic contrast to Storm on Mediterranean coast, where a ship driven by a violent storm is heading towards disaster on the rocks.
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