Seascape from the 'Suzanne'
A sketch showing a seascape in the moonlight, with part of the barque,' Suzanne', included on the left. The unusual rendering of the sails, ropes and side of the ship reduced to simple shapes, enhances the dramatic effect. The sails are shown as a dark block of grey to contrast with the turquoise of the ship's side and the light grey sky. This reduction of form highlights the relationship between artist, ship, sea and moon. The artist has used unconventional colours to achieve the effect, applying lilac purple and pink to show the clouds and the sea with thicker paint creating the lighter reflections of the moon on the water. Intent upon capturing the relationship and fleeting nature of light and the movement of waves in an ever-changing sea, Everett produced hundreds of similar rapid seascapes. They were done on the spot and sometimes painted in quick succession.
Herbert Barnard John Everett
- Image reference: BHC0011
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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