STRINDBERG, August
(b. 1849, Stockholm, d. 1912, Stockholm)

Storm in the Skerries. "The Flying Dutchman"

1892
Wax colour on cardboard, 62 x 98 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

This is a sombre image of violent forces of nature where the expressive feel is intensified by the fierceness of Strindberg's spatula work. He found the scene depicted at Dalarö in the Stockholm skerries in the summer of 1892.

Strindberg worked very intuitively, translating his mental state into images with brief, fierce bursts of activity. That is also why he chose small-scale formats; in fact this painting, which Strindberg called The Flying Dutchman as a reference to Richard Wagner's lonely, ever roaming captain, is one of his largest.




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