Wreath, Claus Bergen - German
Tim Storrier, The Wave (& Garland) 1998,
Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 304.7 cm
Storrier's painting of a garland floating on an empty sea is very similar to an oil by the German painter Claus Bergen showing a wreath commemorating the loss of lives during a naval battle. Bergen was a marine and landscape painter who was sympathetic to the Nazis, unfortunately. In Bergen's composition the clouds take the form of a garland or wreath, echoing the subject.
It is an image that communicates a sense of loss in a very simple way.
Storrier's canvas is huge and must have enormous power.
Tim Storrier, Pacific Swell(?)