Best know for his sensitive and fine nocturnal landscapes, English Victorian-Era artist, John Atkinson Grimshaw is, unfortunately, less widely appreciated than he should be. His contemporaries however did recognize his mastery in nightscape, with James McNeill Whistler even stating; “I considered myself the inventor of nocturnes until I saw Grimmy’s moonlit pictures”. Born in Leeds in 1836, he worked as a clerk at a railroad company, his parents bitterly opposing his hobby; painting. At the age of 20, Grimshaw married his cousin, Frances Hubbard, left his job as a clerk 4 years later and was able to devote himself entirely to his work (4 of his children went on to become painters). Completely self-taught, he exhibited in Leeds in the 1860s and in the span of 10 years had become successful enough to rent a 17th Century mansion in Scarborough, which became a favorite subject. His landscapes showcased both urban and rural Victorian-era Britain and he was highly influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite painters, who focused on using a full spectrum of color to portray nature as realistically as possible. Unlike his contemporaries who used Impressionistic technique, Grimshaw worked in a realistic vein, transcribing the mist and fog so accurately as to capture the chill in the damp air. Early in his career, Grimshaw dropped the “John” and signed his works with “Atkinson Grimshaw”, usually on the front as well as the back of his canvases. He experimented, mixing sand and other ingredients with his paint to get the effects he wanted. Artists of his period, such as Vincent Van Gogh and James Smetham (a Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood follower), left behind documents recording their lives and work with journals, letters etc. However, Grimshaw left little to nothing, leaving scholars and critics with very limited material on which to base their understanding of his life and career. It is difficult to know what this innovative painter might have tried next, had he not died
Aprovechando la moda de los corsés, podría ponerse de moda hacer réplicas baratas de los modelitos de Jeanne Paquin. Por qué ya no se hacen cosas tan PRECIOSAS (asequibles)?!?!? // Fotografía increíble de Julia Margaret Cameron «The Rosebud Garden of Girls», 1868.
At the grandparents’ admiring one of the Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s they have around the house. Brother of Christina Rossetti, a poet, and founder of the pre-Ralphaelite brotherhood, Dante influenced artists such as William Morris. A few of those who know me have asked about the ‘Rossetti’ surname, it’s because of Dante, my great great uncle, and also because it just sounds #arty . . . . . #dantegabrielrossetti#dantegabriel #rossetti#christinarossetti#preraphaelite#foradoxbrown#sketch#portrait#frame#art#artist#masterpeice#drawing#pencil#pen#paper