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Joshua exploring the land of Canaan - John Martin (1789-1854)
Ref : 112567
80 000 €
Period :
19th century
Artist :
John Martin (1789-1854)
Provenance :
United kingdom
Medium :
Watercolor, gouache and gum arabic on paper
Dimensions :
L. 30.12 inch X H. 14.37 inch

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Joshua exploring the land of Canaan - John Martin (1789-1854)

Joshua exploring the Land of Canaan

Circa, 1851
14 3/8 x 30 1/8 in

Provenance :

- 19 juin 1979, Sotheby's Londres
- 10 Mars 1988, Sotheby's Londres, lot 117
- Private collection, France

Joshua discovers the promised land of Canaan” depicts a crucial biblical moment that takes place after the death of Moses. The scene is set in a landscape inspired by the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. This region was particularly close to the artist's heart, and is the place where he died, brush in hand. The sun sets against a blazing horizon, casting its last rays on the cliffs and inviting viewers to a contemplative pause. The work evokes the discovery of ancient worlds marked by time. This is a recurring theme in the artist's work, where the fantastic and the marvellous often come together.

The composition of this work is very modern for its time. The contrasts of dark and vivid colors, almost frightening, add to the sensation of power and gushing of the landscape. The work evokes a duality between the immensity of the landscape's expanse and a feeling of insular confinement.

This captivating work of Joshua discovering the Promised Land combines the artist's technical mastery with the emotional and spiritual depth typical of his romantic approach to landscape. It illustrates not only his talent for capturing the beauty and power of nature, but also his ability to interweave biblical themes with realistic landscapes inspired by his travels. Through modern compositions and striking contrasts, the artist transports us into a universe where the sublime and the fantastic meet, inviting us to contemplate the grandeur and mysteries of our world.



Drawing & Watercolor Napoléon III