Title: The Thunderstorm
Artist: Grandma Moses (1860 – 1961)
Completion Date: 1948
Style: Primitivism/Native Art
Genre: Genre Painting
The Thunderstorm poignantly illustrates how Grandma Moses managed to combine intensely evocative renditions of natural phenomena with dramatic anecdotal detail.
There are several levels of action in The Thunderstorm. Fierce storm clouds arc rapidly approaching over the mountains, and in the distance the trees have already begun to whip wildly in the wind. The artist’s deployment of colour to represent these events is extraordinarily acute: The parched yellows of a late summer meadow, the varied greens of the trees, and the shifting colours of the sky before the advancing torrent are all keenly observed.
In the foreground, Moses presents the human reaction to the oncoming threat. There is a mad rush to get the hay into the barn and, at middle distance, a black horse…
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