Monday, 20 July 2009

Panoramic view of The North Sea

"The brilliance of the silvery wave"
oil on canvas, 20 x 140 cm
painted on location - Saturday 18 July 2009

Back to a theme which most sea lovers, love, to admire, The Sea. Going to use a quote, on this subject, by the great French painter, Odilon Redon (1840 - 1916), written July 3rd 1875;

You hear it nearby and it attracts you. The sea is here, magnificent, imposing and superb with its obstinate clamor. Imperious and terrible clamor, it makes strange remarks. The voices of the infinite are before you. Nothing of human life. On the horizon not a vessel. Here, the immense beach, undefined, of which the edges are mingling with the sea itself, with the day and the light, with the moving brilliance of the silvery wave.
Painters, go look at the sea. There you will see the marvels of color and light, the sparkling sky. You will feel the poetry of the sands, the charms of the air, of the imperceptible hue. You will return from there stronger and full of great accents.
Poets, go and see this beach. You will have to sing the mystery of infinity. On these shores you will discover intense solitude.
Musicians go listen to its harmony. All of you, finally, who are tired of wordly life, all of you who are oppressed by the weight of days, all of you who work unceasingly in the womb of our miseries, all you men of the fields and humble people-go and breathe in the strength and faith of fertile nature, our mother and friend.

What can you say to that?..., but that he knows exactly what he is taking about.

Again a close up for your viewing pleasure.

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