Wednesday, 3 September 2008

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)

"Park Row, Leeds"

Grimshaw was an English Victorian painter well respected during his lifetime for his landscapes, especially his nocturnes which he called "moonlights." He painted a variety of towns, including the streets and parks of Leeds and the surrounding area, Glasgow, Liverpool, Scarborough, Whitby, London and other areas of England. These moody works feature incredible light effects and vivid rendering of weather and the changing seasons.

Grimshaw mastered the moonlight landscape during the 1870's and in the 1880's moved away from his more romantic paintings featuring lakes and fields, to capture inner city street scenes as well as docks and harbours. During the latter part of his career he was consistently drawn to the sea and never strayed too far from his beloved maritime scenes. He was highly successful during his lifetime and worked throughout his life for a series of private clients, exhibiting in public rarely. His works are highly evocative, nostalgic and tranquil, yet through their austere simplicity and sometimes severe composition usually manage to avoid being overly sentimental. He died of cancer in 1893 having enjoyed the honour of having his work forged during his own lifetime.

Short biography
Selected works

"A moonlit lane" 1874

"Canny Glasgow"

"Forge Valley"

"Hampstead Hill, looking down Heath Street" 1881

"Humber docks, Hull"

"Knostrop Old Hall, Leeds"

"Nighfall on the Thames"

"Reekie Glasgow"

"Roundhay Lake, Leeds"

"Silvery Moonlight" 1882

"The Harbour Flare" 1879

"The Harvest Moon" 1872


agath said...

really beautiful.

Kevin Mowrer said...

The sense of light, reflection, color and implied texture is so beautiful and gothic in a victorian way.