‘New Carissa’

October 16th, 2011

‘Burning of the New Carissa’
Oil on linen
63×81″
1999
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Maribeth Collins Art Acquisition Fund

Soon after the freighter New Carissa ran aground in a storm at Coos Bay, Oregon, on February 4, 1999, Henk Pander was on the scene to draw and photograph the wrecked ship. He created seven large paintings of the New Carissa including this dramatic view after the ship after was set afire to burn off the fuel. Pander described the scene in his journal: “Suddenly, shockingly, the sky lit up with a huge fireball. The light and fire faded and a huge, low black cloud stretched north along the distant beach.”

~ Roger Hull
Professor Emeritus, Art History, Willamette University
Senior Faculty Curator, Hallie Ford Museum of Art

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