Paintings A look back at the history of the Titanic 110 years after its sinking
On April 15, 1912, the world famous Titanic crashed into an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean. The scale of this ocean liner and the tragedy of the event made the ship a world famous piece of history. More than a century after the end of the ship, the artist Eliot Sontot looks back at Titanic’s fascinating past, capturing its size, grandeur and calamity in a series of expressive digital paintings.
The French artist traces his interest in the ship back to his childhood. “I remember watching the James Cameron movie and being mesmerized by the ship, the era it was set in and most importantly the incredible story that happened,” Sontot told My Modern Met. “Since then, I’ve been studying it through books, articles, documentaries, etc.” Through the Titanic, he also became interested in maritime subjects as a whole and studied different aspects of nautical life.
This ongoing series includes paintings of the ship when intact and when under duress. In the scenes that take place before the crash, the Titanic is depicted from afar to emphasize its massive scale. Other renderings look inside the ship when water filled the opulent interior, including the grand central staircase. Sontot heightens the emotional impact of these visuals by applying brushstrokes loosely, with bold splashes of color.
“My goal is to convey a sense of realism while staying true to my art style, but most importantly, an atmospheric landscape of the era in which it is set, a mood, that anyone could relate to or experience at at some point,” he continues. “Making these paintings is also a way for me and the people who see them to remember a tragedy that happened in a time that seems so far away from us now, and that has marked history forever.
French artist Eliott Sontot explores the tragic history of the Titanic in a series of captivating paintings.
Created digitally, these pieces explore the beauty of the ship and its sad end.
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