Study for "The Ferry"–Snowdon from Lyyn Padran, North Wales

Peter De Wint British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 690

De Wint’s watercolors are distinguished by fluid brushwork, and this example shimmers with intensity. Bold strokes that range from steel-blue to purple-gray, pale brown, ochre, and raspberry, sometimes blend, sometimes stand apart. The work shows a ferryboat carrying cattle over a lake below dramatic clouds, with untouched patches of bright paper used to suggest light reflected in the water. The result is both painterly and sculptural, lending the small sheet a monumental effect. The artist’s distinctive watercolor style changed little over the course of his long career, but he did not visit North Wales until 1829 or 1830, which provides the earliest possible date for this work.

Study for "The Ferry"–Snowdon from Lyyn Padran, North Wales, Peter De Wint (British, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 1784–1849 London), Watercolor and graphite

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