Little is known of John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) as a person, but as an artist he was blessed with a distinct vision of light. In his paintings, he mostly captured nocturnal citylife :- light coming from shop windows, carriage lights, street lamps etc. but the most stunning feature of his paintings is his representation of atmospheric moonlight. Here are some of his breathtaking paintings:-
Nightfall on the Thames
Grimshaw loved to paint at night by the river
Under The Harvest Moon
Here is one of his rural landscapes
The Lady of Shalott
His representation of a scene from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott'
Occasionaly you can find lovers in his nightscapes.
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Whitby Harbour by Moonlight
Reflection on the Thames
light reflecting of the streets were also beutifully rendered in his paintings.
Shipping on the Clyde
Barren trees and bushes complemented the moonlight in Grimshaw's artworks.
Grimshaw experimented with painting different times of night to vary celestial light from green to blue to yellow.
The Thames Below London Bridge
Here is one of his Paintings of an Autumn Evening
And here is its complementary painting of a splendid early Autumn Morning.
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