• Morning in the Harbour

    Artist:
    Gellée, Claude, dit Le Lorrain, ок. 1602-1682
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    74x96,5 cm

Gellée, Claude, dit Le Lorrain, ок. 1602-1682

Morning in the Harbour

France, not later than the late 1640s

The painting is the replica of the famous “Seaport”, which the artist created in 1637 (the Royal Collection, London). This piece is characterized by the softness of the brushwork, which is characteristic of the first half of Lorrain's career. Despite their identical composition, the paintings differ in minor details (different positions and number of ships, different staffage, etc.). The arch, one of the main elements of the image, is significantly simplified, as the artist would typically do while copying his earlier landscapes. The seascape combines architectural fantasies and real ruins; the Roman arch and the portico, the medieval towers behind them, and, still further, an Egyptian pyramid. However, the buildings merely serve to emphasize the main theme, that of the sea and the sunlight, which reflecting from the magnificent architectural décor, returns to the mirror-like surface of the sea. Yet another replica was reproduced by Lorrain in 1674 (Alte Pinakothek, Munich).

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Morning in the Harbour

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oil

Dimensions:

74x96,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1781; acquired from the Count Baudouin collection in Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1782

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