Artwork of the Week: June 1

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Claude-Joseph Vernet (French, 1714–1789), Evening, oil on canvas, 1753. 39 1/4 x 54 in. Gallery 28B.

Evening is one of five paintings commissioned from Claude-Joseph Vernet by Ralph Howard, later 1st Viscount Wicklow of Dublin, while he was on the Grand Tour of Europe in 1751–52. It is one of a set of four idealized marine paintings depicting different times of day, a favorite theme of Vernet’s.

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