Thursday, June 30, 2011

A dark and stormy sail

A small, anonymous English painting, just 9 inches wide, but strong. The paint separation gives the impression the ship is caught in an electrical storm. The previous owner said the painting reminded him of the work of Alfred Wallis, a Cornish fisherman whose life spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. Wallis painted sailing ships he remembered from his youth that were fast disappearing, but his work is much folkier than this painting.

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