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A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas

This term, our focus will be art, using the above image 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas' as our stimulus and inspiration. This painting is part of a pair, with the other image being called 'A Landscape at Sunset'.


These two paintings, originally known as ‘Calme’ and ‘Tempête’ (Calm and Storm), were commissioned as a pair by Stanislas Augustus, King of Poland, in June or July 1772. However, Vernet instead sold them to the British officer and East India Company official Lord Clive (known as Clive of India), who had been impressed by two similar seascapes the artist had exhibited at the Paris Salon the previous year.


‘Calme’, which Vernet painted first, shows an imaginary harbour as fishermen return with their catch on a tranquil summer evening. ‘Tempête’ depicts a rocky shoreline buffeted by a violent sea storm. Two ships roll in the giant swell while another lies shattered against the rocks. These are two of Vernet’s greatest marine paintings and the type of work for which he was most famous in his day. They are the only great pair of marine views by him in a British public collection.


Within our art lessons, we are going to develop our sketching and painting skills. Children in Year 4 will be focusing on demonstrating the effects of the storm, using a range of marks and lines to show texture. They will also explore how to use line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms of movement.


Children in Year 5 will be taking on the image from a different perspective. The children will explore how to use lines and marks to produce texture, use shading to create mood and feeling, and use line, tone, shape and colour to represent figures and forms of movement.


The children will also research the artist to identify their previous works to see how they can effective replicate a piece of work.

Exploring tone, tint and shade

Exploring Grove's Art Gallery: