Louis-Philippe Crépin - Shipwreck

Louis-Philippe Crépin, “Shipwreck off the Coast of Alaska” (1806)

‘Extreme Nature’ at Seattle Art Museum



The Seattle Art Museum presents the exhibition ‘Extreme Nature: Two Landscape Paintings from the Age of Enlightenment’. December 23, 2017 – December 9, 2018

Source: Seattle Art Museum

This installation welcomes a newly discovered French masterpiece to Seattle Art Museum (SAM) collection, “Shipwreck off the Coast of Alaska” (1806) by Louis-Philippe Crépin. Many of Crépin’s works are in the National Maritime Museum in Paris; this is likely the first painting by the artist in an American museum. In its rendering of a tragic shipwreck that took place in 1786, it transcends standard marine painting conventions and stands alone within the artist’s oeuvre, achieving a peak of clarity, drama, and pathos.

About Louis-Philippe Crépin
Born in Paris, Crépin (1772–1851) was a specialist in marine painting. He was a pupil of Joseph Vernet (1714-1789) and Hubert Robert (1733-1808).

About Seattle Art Museum
As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. SAM was founded in 1933 with a focus on Asian art. By the late 1980s the museum had outgrown its original home, and in 1991 a new 155,000-square-foot downtown building, designed by Robert Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, opened to the public. The 1933 building was renovated and reopened as the Asian Art Museum in 1994.



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