John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): Lovers in a Wood, 1873

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): Lovers in a Wood, 1873

10/25/2021, 5:32:57 PM
John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893): Lovers in a Wood, 1873, oil on card, 36 x: 23.2 cm, Private collection Grimshaw's paintings are never simply deserted landscapes devoid of humanity and almost without exception; he suggested the animation of human activity, whether it be the illumination of a window suggesting a resident within or a figure wandering along the pavement. Although Grimshaw would not immediately be thought of as a figurative painter and his figures are usually small and secondary to the majesty of the landscape, they are usually there all the same, somewhere in the composition. They are included to add a further dimension to the landscape painting, often suggesting an enigmatic question or posing a problem for the spectator, thus drawing them in to create a narrative to explain their inclusion.

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