Alexandrina RADU (MOCANU)

The present study aims to demonstrate that storm plays a vital part in painting, being also an important source of inspiration that reflects over the compositions and artistic approach in some works of art, the painter always being visually and emotionally connected to the details and changes of the nature that surrounds him.
This paper deals with the paintings of some artists such as Ivan Aivazovski, the Russian painter of Armenian origin (1817 –1900) who used storm as key factor in the composition of his works conceiving one of the most lasting impressions of the sea in a whirling storm; William Turner, the English painter (1775-1851) who explored the effect of a vortex is attracted to this atmospheric phenomenon thus reproducing the storm and tumult of the sky a symbol of mankind’s effort to combat the forces of nature, or Henri Rousseau, the French painter (1844-1910) who painted the rain, atmospheric phenomenon associated to the storm, which symbolizes the fertilizer for the universe power to recovery.
Moreover, one of the main theorists of the German expressionism, Vasili Kandinski (1866-1944), stimulates a view beyond the material, his works rendering the world’s signs in a heavily abstracted manner; atmospheric phenomena preceding and succeeding the storm are rendered as symbols.
Acknowledging so many signs proper to the storm, rain and hail, fog and solar radiation, vortex and clouds living in full deployment of these forces on sea or land, in dreams or in spirit it can be concluded that correlations between air and plastic storm are obvious.

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