Seascape, Storm

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Monet experimented with technique in this early seascape, using subdued colors and applying paint in broad strokes, sometimes with a palette knife. The composition is simple—the horizon line divides the canvas into bands of sea and sky, interrupted by the sailboat positioned slightly off center, its flag flapping in the wind. While many of Monet’s seascapes are sunlit scenes, this painting emphasizes dark skies, deep shadows, and choppy waves. Having grown up on the Normandy coast, the artist was familiar with the sea’s appearance in different atmospheric conditions.

Claude Monet

French, 1840–1926

Seascape, Storm

1866

Oil on canvas

19 3/16 x 25 7/16 in. (48.7 x 64.6 cm) Frame: 27 x 33 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (68.6 x 84.5 x 6.4 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1950

1955.561


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