Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Art of Jacob Maris

Fishing boat on the beach at Scheveningen - Jacob Maris

The ship within the image is placed in a manner, which compliments the sky. Its triangular structure is placed off center, focusing the detail within a small area of the canvas. It allows the clouds to take center stage and they contrast with the ships delicate structure. The birds soften the structure of the image by creating small pieces of detail, which break apart the bold composition. The structure is basic, consisting of a block of land, a block of sky and a triangular ship. The simplicity is enhanced by the detail, where these small wonders create a balance within the image. Maris has captured the harsh, cold weather and made it beautiful.