An image of Rough sea, Morestil

John Russell

(Australia 16 Jun 1858 – 22 Apr 1930)

Rough sea, Morestil

19th c Australian art
Further information

In 1886 John 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.

Place of origin
Belle-Ile, Brittany, France
(circa 1900)
oil on canvas on hardboard
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.

Purchased 1968
Accession number