Thursday, October 27, 2016

Worth a Thousand Words: A Lane

John Atkinson Grimshaw, A Lane
John Atkinson Grimshaw's work all seems wonderfully gloomy, which is perfect for this time of year. Who is that figure in the moonlight, dwarfed by the trees and sky? An innocent traveler out late? Someone sinister? Someone in need? We are left to wonder.

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  1. Love this picture and it's funny people think it's gloomy. I think it looks deliciously exciting this time of year. And the person in the picture I believe is carrying a stick or cane...hmm...so older writer out for inspiration on a 'dark and stormy night'? LOL

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    1. I guess it just depends on your mood and inclinations. Exciting does not preclude gloomy. Is that a ghoul bent over in the lane? :-D

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  2. I researched more of Grimshaw's work...he does a lot of night pictures with the moon...and people who don't have distinct faces...and lonely walks down leaf strew lanes in the dark or rain...I'm sensing a pattern here.

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    1. He definitely had an affinity for those sorts of scenes ... and I love them too. Or he was very melancholy!

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    2. Or, now that I think of it, maybe that is what sold? Kind of like the Big Eyes paintings? Maybe it was just such a Victorian subject that it kept him solvent!

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