A Convoy, 1918

Image credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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A convoy of ships painted with dazzle colours during the First World War, shown from a low viewpoint. Everett has used form, shape and colour to convey the scene. The ship in the foreground, bow view, flies the American flag, and is painted with dazzle patterning over the hull of the ship and the smoke stack. Smoke billows to the right and is repeated in the other ships in the convoy. The waves are reduced to stylised patterning with the curved white crests shown in thick impasto paint. The wave in the foreground is shown with an exaggerated sweep as it rises on the right. The ships are set against a deep blue sky. The British marine artist Norman Wilkinson initiated dazzle painting for ships during the First World War. This involved painting the sides and upper works of a ship in contrasting colours and shapes arranged in irregular zebra-like, angular patterns to create a distorted effect.

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A Convoy, 1918




oil on canvas


H 79.6 x W 95.2 cm

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