When I came across this painting I nearly fell off my chair its impact was so powerful.
“Two bands of equal height divide the space of the picture, the two parts separated by an absolutely straight line indicating the horizon. Water and sky occupy parallel spaces, but far from flowing into or interpenetrating one another, they stand apart as rivals in density and power.” ” The canvas is cleaved in half by the rivalry of the two systems, each of which comes forward in turn, depending on whether the viewer responds to the illusionistic shading (the clouds) of the physical presence of rich pigment (the waves).”
Clay, J., Romanticism, Vendome Press New York, 1981
This image and concept resonates so strongly with my own work where the horizon is a predominant feature. Also, in a previous post Curvature: Pastel, I have begun to separate out the elements of earth air and water into individual spaces. I am interested in the dividing line of the horizon and particularly when elements merge in certain conditions creating an eerie, mystical illusion where the eye has nothing to focus on other than the intensity of the atmosphere.