The Mediterranean would leave an indelible mark on the artist, filling his works with lucidity provoked by the bright sun of the Midi. Intimately familiar scenes were born, painted not from what he saw but from what he felt – lyrical, semi abstracted patterns were depicted on surfaces split with bands of colour, indicating distant visual planes, culminating in the bluest sea dissolving into sky.
Using dazzling pink, green and aquamarine blue against the deepest blue of the darkest night or sea, Staël impeccably played movement against absolute stillness in this beautiful work, Méditérranée, which was part of Mr. and Mrs Paul Mellon's Collection for forty-five years.
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