Inventory number
P03910
Author
Haes, Carlos de (Spanish)
Title
A Wrecked Ship
Chronology
1883
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
59 cm x 101 cm
School
Española
Theme
Paisaje
On display
Yes
Provenance
Nuevas Adquisiciones (adquisición al autor por R. O. de 20/06/1885); Museo de Arte Moderno.

While Carlos de Haes was the first in Spain to begin plein air painting, he didn't always paint his landscapes that way. The present work is an example of a studio painting based on sketches made directly on the beach at Saint Jean de Luz. The center of the composition is an image of a destroyed ship that has run aground on the beach, with the immensity of the sea behind it. Images of grounded or drifting boats were a central part of Haes' subject matter during the period of his life that he lived away from his family.

 
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