This rhythmical seascape by Swedish artist Emil Ekman (1880-1951) depicts a static fishing boat under a majestic sky. In near-darkness, with the morning breaking, they begin their daily ritual.
Ekman’s spirited portrayal seeks to capture more than the event itself. With expression, gesture and free-flowing brushwork, he imbues the scene with a sense of poetry. It’s early and the boat is at one with nature, its furled sail penetrates the sky. The nets are dropped, an age-old tradition, as another day unfolds off the Swedish coast.
Can you imagine the artist sketching this as he looked across from a nearby sailboat? Moving with the undulation of the waves as he rested his sketchbook on one knee.
Ekman often painted marine scenes - he loved the ocean and admired those that relied upon it.
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"Such a beautiful piece. The colours wash over you."
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 79½” x 49½” / 202cm x 126cm Year of creation: c. 1940 Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear. Artist’s auction highlight: £3,585 achieved for an oil painting in 1990.