on Mount's Bay
by Alexander Stanhope Forbes (1857 - 1947)
985mm x 1535mm
Oil on Canvas
Stanhope Forbes was a student at the Royal Academy in London.
Like many other artists of his generation, he also studied in Paris
and spent several summers painting on the Brittany coast.
He was a supporter of en plein air painting - painting outside,
directly in front of the subject matter. This approach pioneered
by the Impressionists, encouraged artists to paint contemporary
life. This included painting ordinary people, actual places and
In Chadding on Mount's Bay, the children in the painting are chadding
(fishing) for herrings. It is an idyllic scene, the water is calm
and the sun sparkles on their reflections in the water.
Stanhope Forbes uses lots of bright pure colours, mixed with white,
to give an impression of light and atmosphere. The abundant use
of white, both as a colour (the boat), and mixed with other colours
(the blouse of the girl on the left), enhances the feeling of a
hot summer's day, since white reflects light. Rather than using
browns and blacks for the shadows, Forbes' shadows are full of hazy
light, whilst the shadows on the boat and the girls' blouses contain
blue, reflected from the sky. This was certainly a technique, previously
adopted by the Impressionists. There is an overall harmony to the
colours in this painting, where the cool, tranquil, blue stretch
of water is contrasted with the warm tints of the childrens' tanned
skins, and the sweater of the blond-haired boy.
Stanhope Forbes had moved to the Cornish Village of Newlyn in 1894,
where he helped to establish an influential painting school. He
has been recognised as the foremost painter of the Newlyn School,
a group of artists who had an important influence on British art
in the late 19th century. Once settled there, Stanhope Forbes was
to stay for the rest of his life.
The phenomena of artists' colonies was an important factor in the
development of British art, as they provided a stimulating environment
for young artists working outside the remit of the Royal Academy.
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Bartlett, William H.
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Boucher, James C.
Bourbon-Leblanc, L. G.
Brandish-Holte, F. A.
Brewtnell, E. F.
Burgess, J. B.
Calderdon, William F.
Clarke Hook, James
Clarke, George R.
Cobbett, Edward J.
Collier, Hon. John
Cooper, Thomas S.
Dawson, Henry T.
De Penne, Charles O.
De Wint, Peter
Dessau, Paul L.
Dixon, Arthur A.
Dunlop, Ronald O.
Durrant, G. F.
Fielding, Anthony C.
Firkins, Walter A.
Fripp, George A.
Gilbert, O. P.
Haynes - Williams, J.
Hemy, Charles N.
Herbert, Sydney Heyworth, Peter
Hook, J. G.
James, C. Boucher
Knight, Dame Laura
Leader, B. W.
Lines, Henry Harris
Loudan, William M.
Lundgren, Egron S.
Makinson, Trevor O.
Maund, A. H.
Melhuish, George W. S.
Moody, Victor H.
Naftel, Paul J.
Pike, William H.
Pinwell, George J. Preziosi, Galatin
Pyne, James B.
Ranken, William B. E.
Rozier, Dominique H.
Salisbury, Frank O.
Skill, John. F.
Stanhope Forbes, A.
Stewart, James M.
Toft, Peter P.
Urwick, Walter C.
Waite, Edward W.
Wall, Dr. John
Watson, John D.
Waverly, J. G.
West, E. Waldron
Willis, H. Brittan
Wilson, Dora L. A.
Wimperis, Edmund M.
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