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A Landscape at Sunset
Claude-Joseph Vernet

'A Landscape at Sunset' shows a port bathed in glowing evening sunshine. The mood is one of serenity, yet the painting is full of details of activities and the effects of light are rendered with breathtaking delicacy.

Vernet was renowned for pairs of paintings showing contrasting states of nature and his works were especially sought-after by British collectors in the 18th-century. This painting and its pendant, 'A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas' are now the only such pair to be found in a British public collection. The pair originally belonged to the celebrated Englishman Clive of India, who bought them from Vernet in 1773. They are acknowledged as being two of Vernet's greatest marine pictures.

Key facts
Artist Claude-Joseph Vernet
Artist dates 1714 - 1789
Full title A Landscape at Sunset with Fishermen returning with their Catch ('Calme')
Group Two Landscapes: A Sunset and a Storm
Date made 1773
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 114.5 x 163.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Acquired with a donation from the American Friends of the National Gallery, London, made possible by a gift from David H. Koch, 2004
Inventory number NG6600
Location in Gallery Not on display
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Two Landscapes: A Sunset and a Storm

These two paintings were made as pendants, or companion pieces, and would have hung next to each other.