Edward Atkinson Hornel 1864-1933
Taking the undulating Galloway landscape and its pastoral life and folklore, Hornel produced richly-decorative paintings, superseding the early naturalism of the Glasgow Boys. Colour, pattern and texture took precedence over line and form. He possessed an intuitive sense of colour, which enabled him to conceive harmonies and contrasts that were very much his own.
In 1905 Hornel had returned from Japan and settled in Kirkcudbright. Although he clearly had been influenced by Japanese art the broad handling and rich pigment are still apparent in his paintings. He is not merely portraying girls playing together on hillsides but weaving a rich pattern of multi-coloured shapes, in which perspective is flattened, the horizon almost disappeared, the demarcation between figures and background is purposely indistinct and the handling of paint is broad.
Scottish Pictures of the Twentieth Century15 Feb - 16 Mar 2013 EdinburghWith work by E A Hornel, Sir D Y Cameron, S J Peploe, Anne Redpath, Sir William Gillies, A R Sturrock, William Wilson, Sir W O Hutchison, Alberto Morrocco, Robert...
Lavery and The Glasgow Boys7 Apr - 8 May 2010 Edinburgh, LondonNo one quite understood why art should flourish in grimy Glasgow at the turn of the twentieth century. Even in eulogies on the ‘second city of the Empire’ there was...