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.