Cornelius Krieghoff

The Passing Storm, Saint-Ferréol

1854
"The Passing Storm, Saint-Ferréol" is one of Krieghoff's first paintings of a waterfall. Unusually for this artist, the landscape includes no sign of human life. The handling of the rocks, which successfully marries scrupulous realism and expressive form, is quite remarkable. We are struck by the subtlety and complexity of the chromatic harmonies - largely combinations of various tones of brown, green and red - and the topography of the site takes second place to the beauty of its colours, shapes and textures. Cornelius Krieghoff does not simply record the approaching storm, he makes us feel it.
Title
The Passing Storm, Saint-Ferréol
Date
1854
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
39 x 50.2 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1963
Accession number
15190