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Landscape with Waterfall
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph
Landscape with Waterfall
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph

Admired by a group of Roman soldiers while a peasant passes with fishing gear, a grandiose waterfall plunges down from a high mountain. In common with the rest of the series to which this painting belongs, destined for the Casita del Príncipe at El Escorial, this results in the sublime effect characteristic of the landscape painting of the period.

The Kite
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph
The Kite
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph

In the eighteenth century, kites were an ideal subject for representing nature at its most sublime. Here the kite is blown by the wind to a dizzy height, where a dark cloud charged with electricity threatens danger for the young people below. The painting formed part of a series of six landscapes destined for the Casita del Príncipe at El Escorial, three of which are preserved at the Prado

Roman Landscape at Sunset
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph
Roman Landscape at Sunset
Oil on canvas. 1781 - 1782
Vernet, Claude-Joseph

Claude Joseph Vernet, the most renowned eighteenth-century French landscape painter and veduttista (view painter), was known for his landscapes, seascapes, and views of Rome and Naples. Characterised by dramatic or poetic representations of storms and other atmospheric phenomena at different times of day, these works were enlivened by scenes from everyday life.Based in Rome between 1734 and 1752,

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