Sunday, April 19, 2009

Thomas Eakins - American

Starting out after Rail, 1874

In the lower work, the diminution of ripples with distance is very subtle and convincing.
A horizon cutting the composition in half is usually a compositional no no, but here the central horizon gives a sense of profound calm. There is so much of the blue sky colour reflected in the water that the image does not appear divided in half anyway.

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