A squall is defined as a violent, sudden but brief windstorm that is often accompanied by snow or rain. And although such a disturbance is not obvious in Andrew Wyeth’s painting entitled ‘Squall’, its threat is strongly felt, not only through the particular objects depicted by the artist, but also in the palpable atmosphere of his composition.
Squall was painted in 1986 on Southern Island in Maine, where Wyeth spent his summers. On this particular day, his wife Betsy had gone out to watch a Friendship Sloop race. Her yellow raincoat and binoculars hanging on the coat pegs, and her absence from the house, as well as her presence at the race, under a threatening sky, became the inspiration for the piece.
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