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The Shipwreck by Claude Joseph Vernet
Claude Joseph Vernet, The Shipwreck, 1772, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Patrons' Permanent Fund and Chester Dale Fund 2000.22.1
In Vernet’s Shipwreck, lightning spotlights a seaside town in the far distance and the breaking waves on the near shore. Vernet often portrayed changing weather and time of day (rain, lightning, sunsets, and moonlight), filtering light through clouds and mist to create the superb atmospheric effects for which he was famous. Here the artist used lively brushwork to create sparkling spray and moving clouds; in contrast, the foreground details are precise and tight—a sailor’s straining muscles, the blowing cape, the green bedroll and trunks, even a frightened dog.

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