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Stormy Sky over Landscape with Distant Church

Jean-Michel Cels

European Art

On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Jean-Michel Cels’s rendering of a stormy sky includes a notation of when it was painted—11 a.m.—in the lower left corner, underscoring the fleeting nature of time and of the specific atmospheric condition he depicted.
MEDIUM Oil on bluish-gray laid chain paper
  • Place Made: Belgium
  • DATES July 1838
    DIMENSIONS 6 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (17.5 x 28.9 cm) Frame: 12 1/2 x 17 x 2 1/4 in. (31.8 x 43.2 x 5.7 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS Lower left: "Juillet 1838/11 heures du matin"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Healy Purchase Fund B
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in European Art Galleries, 5th floor
    CAPTION Jean-Michel Cels (Belgian, 1819-1894). Stormy Sky over Landscape with Distant Church, July 1838. Oil on bluish-gray laid chain paper, 6 7/8 x 11 3/8 in. (17.5 x 28.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Healy Purchase Fund B, 1998.26 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.26_framed_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1998.26_framed_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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