This painting seems to be classically rendered with small, overlayed brushstrokes of oil to create luminosity and depth in colour. However, the composition is far more Modern in style, with key attributes of the Japanese woodblock prints that were absolutely in vogue for Impressionist artists at the time. Prominent features of these styles are represented by the raised horizon lines, which contrast with the linearity of the manmade. In this instance, the boat masts and the mosque counteract the undulating lines of nature in the form of the sea and hills beyond. These are exactly the same techniques as were used by Monet in the previous year, 1888, with paintings such as Antibes, Afternoon Effect (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – below).
(unframed) 23.5 x 43.5 ins / 59.7 x 110.5 cm
Signed 'Paul H. Ellis' (lower left); dated (nameplate to frame) and titled and signed (verso)
Oil on Canvas