Description & Technical information

This is a lovely, early Atkinson
Grimshaw from the period in his career when Romanticism was meeting
pre-Raphaelitism.  Although JMW Turner
and John William Inchbold’s work of this period had some influence over Grimshaw’s
painting, Grimshaw himself was regarded by his contemporaries as a ground
breaking artist in his own right. 

This is reflected in Whistler’s
famous comment: “I thought I had invented
the Nocturne until I saw Grimmy’s moonlights

(The Times Literary
 (London, England), Friday, June 09, 1989; pg. 640;
Issue 4497)

painting shows the degree to which Atkinson Grimshaw’s communication of light
and shade was central to his aim of depicting the sublime.  The
sheer enormity of the landscape and the sky have the effect of dwarfing the
figure: a deliberate technique by the artist to remind the viewer that humanity
only exists by the grace and favour of nature. 
The figure walks away from the viewer into the distance, to suggest an
unknown beyond reach of all of us.

Period:  19th century
Origin:  British
Medium: Oil on canvas

Signed lower right

Dimensions: 79.5 x 118.11 cm (31¹/₄ x 46¹/₂ inches)

Private Collection, United Kingdom

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints