Volanakis, one of the top representatives of the academic realism as represented by the so-called “Munich School” that was dominant in modern Greek as well as European pictorial art over the 19th century, demonstrates with this idyllic seascape exactly why he is named in the Greek and European art-world the “poet of the sea”. The poetic dimension of the landscape in the above exquisite work that he created during his last years of his life dominates through the silence and the absence of human existence in the night atmospheric moonlight.. With masterful management of his recognizable technique in the use of light and color, he attributes to his favorite subject a special atmosphere of place and time accompanied by the detailed depiction of ships in a distinct Impressionist background.
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