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That Thomas Moran has earned his place among the great landscape painters of history is well known, but it is always refreshing to be confronted with evidence that his talent and range goes much beyond the grandiose natural vistas for which he is so famous. In this 1901 piece, recently auctioned by Christie’s of New York to private collectors for the hefty sum of nearly one million dollars, an aging Moran demonstrates just how much sentiment and drama he was capable of summoning with his decisive brush strokes.
The oil on canvas, finished in the late years of Moran’s artistic career, reflects very clearly the influence of one of his main artistic inspiration, the work of the British J. W. M. Turner. The influence here reaches far beyond the choice of subject matter, for Moran produced numerous other seascapes, albeit rarely with such dynamism and drama. It is visible in his masterful use of light, in the modulated colors in his palette, and, perhaps most of all, in the expressiveness of his brushwork.
Portraying a cloudy but illuminated night at in the stormy seas, the painting involves the observer in the frightening sublime, that horrible beauty of nature at its cruelest, the contrast between beautiful and deadly within the same object of admiration. Suffering the hardships of the inclement sea is a small vessel, barely visible among the titanic waves that spell its demise, and the only human presence in a panorama where the wrathful forces of nature reign supreme.
There is hope nonetheless, for above the sinking ship fly a couple of seagulls, telling the worried observer that there is land nearby and that the fate of the crew might not be sealed as of yet. Still, the scene evokes tension, with its strong diagonals making it hard for anyone to feel balanced and safe in that situation. A situation to which, having often traveled to Europe, as well as to Mexico and Cuba, Moran would not have been a stranger.
In short, Moran provides us here with an unnerving seascape, beautiful in its terrible chaos. And although it would be impossible not to see the relation with some of Turner’s most famous paintings, Moran’s style still is very clear here, in a way that it becomes more the work of an equally talented and experienced equal giving a familiar theme his take, instead of the work of an apprentice aping the style of a master.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Moonlit Shipwreck at Sea, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Moonlit Shipwreck at Sea that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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