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A Harbor

A Harbor

Artist: Jean Baptiste Pillement (French, 1728-1808)

Date: late 1780s or early 1790s
Medium: Oil on canvas
Image: 24 7/8 x 33 1/2 in. (63.2 x 85.1 cm)
Frame: 30 1/8 × 38 3/4 × 1 1/2 in. (76.5 × 98.4 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1955
Object number: SN686
On View: Art Museum Gallery 18
About this ObjectAmong the more well-traveled French artists of his time, Pillement worked in Lisbon, London, Turin, Milan, Rome, Vienna and Warsaw, mainly specializing in landscape and genre scenes. This harbor view was likely originally conceived as one of a pair, with the other painting depicting a violent storm or shipwreck. Pillement often created such pairings, which emphasized the unpredictability of nature. Here, the sea is tranquil, and the artist delightfully captures genre details in the foreground, which is filled with colorful figures, dinghies, ropes, baskets, and the like.
(Lucien Blanc, Aix-en-Provence); purchased by the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, 1955.
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