John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Autumn afternoon
Lot 54
John Atkinson Grimshaw
(British, 1836-1893)
Autumn afternoon
Sold for £47,500 (US$ 61,176) inc. premium

Lot Details
John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893)
Autumn afternoon
signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw/89' (lower right)
oil on board
48 x 35.5cm (18 7/8 x 14in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, UK

    A label on the reverse suggests the location is near Austhorpe Hall, Leeds.

    By the time of this picture Grimshaw had been using and endlessly refining the subject of the suburban lane for almost twenty years. There was certainly something in the artist's psyche which drew him to paint empty or barely inhabited locations. It is a tantalising fact that although some streets look identifiable the buildings are composites of different homes. As so often in a Grimshaw painting the real subject is the overall mood suggested by the colour harmonies where the artist shows great skill in suggesting the still, cool and chilly atmosphere of an autumn day. After a career of almost thirty years, the artist is here able to add in as much detail or simplify where he needs to in order to achieve his effects. The ivy on the walls, the ruts in the road, the bare branches of the trees silhouetted against the light and above all the pale yellow of the sky all contribute to create a quintessential Grimshaw.

    We are grateful to Alexander Robertson for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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