DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 31 .25 x 46.5 inches (79.38 x 118.11 cm)
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
This is a lovely, early Atkinson Grimshaw from the period in his career when Romanticism was meeting pre-Raphaelitism.
The 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.
This daytime piece would have been very contemporary for the period and appealing to the cultured upper classes of the time. This is somewhat ironic: the majority of Atkinson Grimshaw’s patrons had come into great wealth as a result of the industrial revolution. Yet, they chose to invest that wealth on images such as this, which seek to prove that industry is meaningless in the face of the power of nature.
MAKE AN ENQUIRY