Landscape with figures returning to their cottage before the storm.
74 cm by 59 cm; 94 cm by 79 cm with the frame. Beautiful golden frame nineteenth
During the XVIII century the way of understanding the nature evolves, both in science and in that of emotions. For painters, including landscapers, this translates into the desire to capture the atmosphere conferred by the landscape meteorological phenomena, in order to represent it in all its reality in their pictures. The cases of the storm requires taking into account intangible elements, taking more of feeling than of sight, such as wind, heavy air, or the sound of thunder, and that of difficult details to perceive and translate into painting, such as rain or lightning. However, the components vary from one fabric to the other, as well as emotions that the viewer can feel in front of them. Claude Joseph Vernet, landscape and marine painter, was born August 14, 1714 in Avignon. He is the son of painter Antoine Vernet. He took his first lessons with his father who then entrusted it to Louis René Vialy painter (1680-1770) in Aix-en-Provence. From 1731 Claude Joseph Vernet his apprenticeship with Philip Sauvan (1698-1789) in Avignon. On the advice of the Marquis de Caumont, who notices the artist Vernet can undertake a trip to Rome in 1734 on a scholarship. He continued his training there with marine painters Bernardino Fergioni (1675-1736) and Adrien Maglard (1695-1760). He is a member of the Accademia di San Luca from 1743. In 1745 Vernet wife Virginia Parker of English nationality and daughter of an officer of the Pontifical Navy, and becomes approved of the Royal Academy of Paris. Recommended by Antoine Jacques de Marigny, he is called to the court of King Louis XV (1710-74) in Paris in 1753. By order of the latter, he must paint the views of the 24 most important French ports. This trip, which lasts until 1762, the conduit including Marseille, Toulon, Antibes, Sète, Bordeaux, Bayonne, Rochefort and La Rochelle. Subsequently, Claude Joseph Vernet also works for other members of the French nobility and for English customers. However, he also obtained orders in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, it regularly works for the Parisian banker of the court, Jean Laborde de Jos (1724-1794), who was beheaded in 1794. From 1769-1773, Claude Joseph Vernet realizes a series of five monumental paintings for the Countess Du Barry. Works created from 1776 are heavily outdone by his first paintings and those carried out in middle age. The artist takes an apartment and a workshop at the Louvre and became a member of the Academy of Fine Arts. Claude Joseph Vernet died Dec. 3, 1789 in Paris. Related works: Claude Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) Landscape with storm, canvas (160 x 110 cm) Detroit, The Detroit institute of arts Claude Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) Mountain Landscape threatened by a storm (1775) Dallas Museum of Art, oil on canvas 164 x 262 cm Claude Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) The Four Times of Day, Midday, 1757 oil on silvered copper, 29.5 xx 43.5 cm Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.