Friday, February 5, 2016

The Blessing of the Sea (1872)

Alphonse Legros: The Blessing of the Sea

The tradition of "Blessing the Sea" comes from a medieval legend. The story tells of fishermen caught in a terrible storm which only stopped when a monk fell to his knees to pray by the sea. Alphonse Legros often depicted peasant life and this painting shows the blessing of the sea in the small coastal village of Etretat, just north of Le Havre in France. This annual ceremony still takes place in Etretat every May. [Museum Sheffield]

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