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A Dock Harmony-Fishing Boats by Charles Fromuth

A Dock Harmony-Fishing Boats, 1897

Charles Fromuth

During the period in which he painted this image, the artist’s main focus was boats. He worked methodically to perfect the sense of movement as the vessels bobbed on the water, and the complicated, rippling reflections of hulls and masts on the unstable surface. The artist made this image in pastel, which was cheaper than oil paint, and worked outdoors on a stone dock as the fishing boats sailed into harbor, loaded down with their catch. Since water spots will ruin a pastel, he devised a hood to shield his easel from sun, rain and splatters of seawater.

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National Gallery of Art