John O'Brien

Yacht Race at Halifax

1850
This charming painting represents something of an exception within its author's oeuvre. John O'Brien is best known for his pictures of sailboats, and this small work, dominated by blues and greens, depicts a sloop and two schooners. Here, however, rather than meticulously rendering the vessels' smallest details, the artist has chosen to convey a sense of the wind that, on a sunny day, is whipping up the water, driving the clouds and swelling the sails.
Artist
Title
Yacht Race at Halifax
Date
1850
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
31 x 44.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1958
Accession number
6933