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Gaspard Dughet, Landscape with a Storm

Key facts
Full title Landscape with a Storm
Artist Gaspard Dughet
Artist dates 1615 - 1675
Date made about 1660
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 137.5 × 185.2 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1824
Inventory number NG36
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Landscape with a Storm
Gaspard Dughet

Dughet’s storm paintings were among his most admired works during his lifetime and in the eighteenth century. Two shepherds tending their flock struggle against the wind, their arms raised in alarm as they encourage their sheep to move down the path. The tree branches bend and twist against the force of the storm. In the centre, a substantial tree trunk has almost broken into two pieces, showing the effect of strong winds or perhaps lightning.

The curved country lane leads our eye back and forth across the scene until we notice another shepherd and sheep fleeing towards Roman buildings in the distance. Dughet spent most of his career in Rome and often made sketches of the surrounding countryside, which may have inspired the landscape we see here.

The canvas is extremely dirty and the varnish has yellowed, which makes dating this work and appreciating the artist’s use of colour very difficult.

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