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Storm in the Skerries. “The Flying Dutchman“ by August Strindberg
Storm in the Skerries. “The Flying Dutchman“ by August Strindberg

Storm in the Skerries. “The Flying Dutchman“, 1892

August Strindberg

Heaving seas meet roiling clouds in this dramatic image of a violent storm. The somber color palette is pierced by brilliant blue-green streaks and tinges of orange and pink in the unsettled sky. The artist based this painting on a storm he witnessed in the Stockholm skerries, a series of rocky islands near the coast.

Strindberg, also a well-known playwright of restless Expressionist dramas, poured overwhelming emotion into his painting, using a spatula to apply, texture, and scratch the thick layers of paint. The result is an electrifying merging of human emotional chaos with the fierce fury of nature.

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Credit
National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
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