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Title

Rough sea, Morestil


Artist

John Peter Russell

Australia

16 Jun 1858 - 30 Apr 1930


About

In 1886 John Peter Russell and his family went to Belle Île, an island off the coast of Brittany, renowned for its jagged cliffs and rough seas. Like his contemporary Claude Monet, Russell was exhilarated by the fierce Atlantic squalls. He painted a number of works depicting the wild winter weather and stormy seas, such as 'Rough sea, Morestil'.

The painting portrays the rocky coastline in deep shades of blue along the right side of the canvas. Turbulent, foaming waves break onto the rocks
and create a strong sense of movement from the left across the canvas. Vigorous, gestural brushstrokes animate the surface of the painting and evoke the surging tide.


Details


Place where the work was made

Belle-Ile Brittany France


Date

(circa 1900)


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


Dimensions

66.0 x 81.8 cm stretcher; 64.0 x 79.0 cm sight edge; 83.0 x 98.2 x 6.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1968


Accession number

OA14.1968


Artist information

John Peter Russell

Works in the collection

21


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 8 publications

Bibliography


Sarah Couper, Look, 'If paintings could sing', pg. 50, Sydney, May 2015, 50 (colour illus.).

Sarah Couper, Look, 'A place where storie are found', pg. 34-35, Sydney, Jun 2015, 35.

Ann Galbally, A remarkable friendship : Vincent van Gogh and John Peter Russell, Melbourne, 2008, 240, 241, 216 (colour illus.). Plate 32, titled 'Rough Sea, Morestil (Mer Agitée, Morestil)

Mervyn Horton (Editor), Art and Australia, Sydney, Dec 1968, 174 (colour illus.). Joseph Brown Gallery advertisement for John Peter Russell exhibition.

Hal Missingham (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, Apr 1969, 460 (illus.).

Graham Perkin (Editor), Age, Melbourne, 27 Aug 1968, page unknown. Review by Patrick McCaughey of Joseph Brown Gallery exhibition.

Ursula Prunster (Curator), Belle-Île: Monet, Russell & Matisse in Brittany, Sydney, 2001, 96 (colour illus.). cat.no. 25

Editor Unknown (Editor), Christie's - Australian and European Paintings, Drawings, Ceramics, Sculpture and Prints, South Yarra, 20 Nov 1995, 108. lot no. 155, 'Rough Sea, Morestil, Belle-Ile', oil on canvas, 60 x 73cm, belongs to a series of otherwise undated oils of stormy seas at Belle-Ile. The treatment of the rocky outcrop on the horizon and the surging waves is very similar to that shown in the Gallery's, 'Rough sea, Morestil'.