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  • Morning in the Harbour

    Artist:
    Gellée, Claude, dit Le Lorrain. 1600-1682
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    73x98 cm

Gellée, Claude, dit Le Lorrain. 1600-1682

Morning in the Harbour

France, Late 1630s - early 1640s

The painting is a repetition of the famous Seaport, which the artist created in 1637 (the Royal Collection, London). This piece is characterized by the gentleness of its style, which is characteristic for the first half of Lorrain's career. Despite its identical composition, the painting is distinguished by certain details (a different distribution and quantity of vessels, different staffage, etc). The arch, one of the main elements of the image, is significantly simplified, as the artist often did when repeating his earlier landscapes. The seascape combines architectural fantasies and real ruins; the Roman arch and portico, the medieval towers behind them, and, further still, an Egyptian pyramid. However, the buildings merely serve to emphasize the main theme; the sea and the sunlight, which reflects off the wonderful architectural décor and returns to the mirror-like surface to the water. Lorrain painted another repetition in 1674 (Alte Pinakothek, Munich).

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Morning in the Harbour

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oil

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73x98 cm

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

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ГЭ-1782

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