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Lunar observations

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Seashore by Moonlight (between 1660 and 1664) by Egbert van der Poel. The moon in art. A wide-ranging theme so there’ll be more tomorrow. Two Men Contemplating the Moon (1820) by Caspar David Friedrich. Cornfield in Moonlight (c. 1830) by Samuel Palmer.

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November

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November Morning, Knostrop Hall, Leeds (1883) by John Atkinson Grimshaw. The month of November in paintings. John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893) returned continually to autumnal scenes, and became very adept at capturing the light of the season as it manifests in the Northern Hemisphere. Many of the paintings below reflect the gloomier qualities of the month […]

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October

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October (1877) by James Tissot. The autumnal month in paintings, and a post that brings this series full circle since the first one was for October last year. I try to be accurate when dating things but some of the dates of these pictures are either vague or missing altogther. The search at the BBC’s […]

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Steam and smoke

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Cardiff Docks (1894) by Lionel Walden. There’s a tendency to consider the art of the 19th century as being preoccupied with the rural, the mystical and the historic: all true in the case of the Pre-Raphaelites. But the effects of the Industrial Revolution attracted enough artists to create a sub-genre of painting that takes the […]

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Winter light

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Dolmen in the Snow (1807). Some paintings for the Winter Solstice by one of my favourite Romantic artists, Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840). Snow scenes tend to inspire picturesque cliché but in Friedrich’s paintings winter is merely another season in which to evoke his Christian mysticism through the depiction of landscape. The pagan dolmen above is […]

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The art of John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1836–1893

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Spirit of the Night (1879). Few people recognise the name of John Atkinson Grimshaw today but anyone who’s bought a birthday or greeting card in Britain will have seen his Spirit of the Night fairy painting, one of a generic series he produced in the 1870s that remains very popular despite the painter’s obscurity. Grimshaw […]

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