Tormenta en la pampa (Storm in the Pampa)

La Pampa Province, Argentina
1860 circa
Oil on canvas
22.6 x 66 cm
Museo Histórico de Buenos Aires “Cornelio de Saavedra”
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Like Atardecer pampeano (Sunset in the Pampa), Tormenta en la pampa (Storm in the Pampa) captures a transitional moment on the Argentinian pampa, the flat expanse of fertile land that was, and continues to be, used primarily for raising cattle. Here, a storm sweeping through the landscape reveals that despite efforts by Argentinians to control and “civilize” the land through animal grazing and cultivation, nature itself exerts an unpredictable power over the landscape.