The backdrop of the void sky (perhaps a dark curtain of rain offshore), and the stage-like beach, highlight the drama of the collision of rock and wave. Seascape artists often darken and simplify skies in order to put the waves in the limelight. Similarly, in still life painting, a plain, low key, neutral background is generally used to bring out the subject. Here, the surf has been given an almost mystical quality.
Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown
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