'Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.'
John Atkinson Grimshaw
Credit: WikipediaJohn Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) was born in Leeds, England. Grimshaw began painting when he worked as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway, a job which he soon left to pursue art.
Grimshaw began exhibiting his work in 1862. His art was influenced by John Ruskin’s creed of ‘truth to nature’ and expressed a Pre-Raphaelite style, often with moody nocturnal landscapes, or dockland scenes, which were often misty, moonlit and atmospheric.
He had married his cousin Frances Theodosia Hubbarde in 1856 and they went on to have several children, who also became painters.
Canny Glasgow 1887
Grimshaw excelled in capturing the turn of twilight into night. He often painted the docklands of Glasgow, distilling the essence in his paintings, of this industrial, waterside town of Victorian times. The fog and glittering lights, reflecting off the wet road and the feeling of a busy place, winding down toward the night, is conveyed beautifully.
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