Homer Ransford Watson, A Coming Storm in the Adirondacks

Depicting the powerful forces of nature—like an impending storm in a mountainous landscape—has always been an effective way for romantic painters of Watson’s generation to evoke the sublime and everything that lies beyond man’s grasp. On each side of this desolate landscape, bare trees evoke the impending lightning bolts that will strike once the storm begins. On a rocky outcrop to the left, a cowering bear anticipates the inevitable. The message conveyed by this grandiose scene is that human and beast are powerless before the forces of Mother Nature.
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