Ship in Storm
Robert Salmon (English, 1775–1845 or after (active in the United States 1828–42))
36.19 x 50.48 cm (14 1/4 x 19 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on board
Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Gallery (Gallery 235)
Salmon painted this theatrical seascape in 1828 when he immigrated to the United States from England. Under a dramatic sky the distressed ship flounders in the strong waves and is in imminent danger of crashing into the rocks. The figures in the foreground are powerless in the face of nature’s fury. The theme of ships in danger was common in the seventeenth-century Dutch painting and could symbolize the precariousness of life’s journey.
No 600/Painted by/Robert salmon/1828
The artist; Nathaniel T. Dexter; to MFA, 2000, gift of the Nathaniel T. Dexter Fine Arts Trust.
Gift of the Nathaniel T. Dexter Fine Arts Trust