VERNET, Claude-Joseph
(b. 1714, Avignon, d. 1789, Paris)

Soldiers in a Mountain Gorge, with a Storm

c. 1789
Oil on canvas, 160 x 110 cm
Private collection

This imaginary composition may have been conceived as a tribute to Salvator Rosa, to whom Vernet had looked for inspiration at the outset of his fifty-year career. Although he composition is purely imaginary, it is probable that individual elements were taken from Vernet's own observations from nature.