|Harbor View from Cette, Claude-Joseph Vernet, mid 1700s|
|Portrait of Claude-Joseph Vernet, Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, 1778|
|Mountain Landscape with Approaching Storm, Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1775|
Looking over the Internet, I found many versions of storm chasers, 18th century style: painters who recreated the awesome, terrible beauty of storms, not just of tornadoes but of other severe weather that touched the lives of those around them. What they lacked in immediacy, they more than made up for in portraying the spirit of the storms. It appears to me, however, that Frenchman Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1714-1789, was the king of stormy paintings and so I present several of his works here for your perusal.
|Mid-Day, Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1757|
|A Shipwreck on a Rocky Coast, Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1775|
(This one is for sale by Whitfield Fine Art, London)
|Soldiers in a Mountain Gorge with a Storm, Claude-Joseph Vernet,1789|