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All in the Golden Twilight by John Atkinson Grimshaw

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All in the Golden Twilight by John Atkinson Grimshaw

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The subtle play of light and color in Grimshaw's composition creates an idyllic dusk scene

Key Features

  • A spectacular work by painter John Atkinson Grimshaw entitled All in the Golden Twilight
  • Renowned for his local landscapes, Grimshaw here captures a fleeting moment of dusk
  • Grimshaw's use of color and light typifies his ability to render nature with utmost precision
  • Signed "Atkinson Grimshaw 1881" (lower left)
  • Oil on Panel
  • Panel: 14" high by 18" wide; Frame: 19" high by 23" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    P:18" F:23" Inches
  • Height:
    P:14" F:19" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
  • Subject:
    Miscellaneous
  • Artist:
    Grimshaw, John Atkinson
John Atkinson Grimshaw
1836-1893 British

All in the Golden Twilight 

Signed and dated 1881 and inscribed verso
Oil on panel

John Atkinson Grimshaw was a British landscape painter. Born in Leeds, he remained in the north of England for most of his life. He first began painting while working as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway. In 1861 he left his job and decided to become a full-time artist. By 1870, he was successful enough to rent Knostrop Hall, a 17th-century mansion near Temple Newsam, which is featured in many of his paintings. His continued success enabled Grimshaw to build a house in Scarborough and to rent a studio in Chelsea.

His early paintings of still-lifes and local landscapes were executed with a precision reminiscent of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's ideals. Later in his career he turned his attention to moonlit urban scenes. The dockyards of Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Scarborough, Whitby and London proved to be his most popular subjects.

He was fascinated by the relatively new art of photography and often used a camera obscura in developing his compositions. He strove relentlessly to perfect his own very individual vision. During his early career he signed his work "JA Grimshaw." From around 1867 he modified this to "Atkinson Grimshaw."

Grimshaw's popular paintings were mostly sold to private patrons, including Thomas Fenteman, the successful antiquarian bookshop owner. The art dealer William Agnew began purchasing his work and further success came when Grimshaw was accepted at the Royal Academy and the Grosvenor Gallery, where he exhibited between 1874 and 1886.

John Atkinson Grimshaw died on October 31, 1893 leaving three sons, Arthur, Louis and Wilfred, and a daughter, Elaine, who also became artists. Grimshaw's work can now be seen in galleries all over the world including the Tate Gallery in London and the Leeds Museum.

Panel: 14" high by 18" wide
Frame: 19" high by 23" wide

Select Artist's Museums:
Tate Gallery, London
Guildhall Art Gallery, London
Leeds City Art Gallery
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Musée des Beaux Arts, Brest, France
New Orleans Museum of Art
Nelson-Atkins Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
Rhode Island School of Design
Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut
Shepparton Art Centre, Welsford, Australia
King George VI Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

References:
The Random House Dictionary of Art and Artists, 1988, Random House
19th-Century Art, 1984, Robert Rosenblum & H.W. Janson
Dictionary of Victorian Painters, 1978, Christopher Wood
Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 1976, E. Bénézit
Painting by William Bouguereau

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