John Atkinson Grimshaw - The painter of the night

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'


Roundhay Lake

Occasionaly you can find lovers in his nightscapes.

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The Lighthouse at Scarborough

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Whitby Harbour by Moonlight


Reflection on the Thames


Canny Glasgow

light reflecting of the streets were also beutifully rendered in his paintings.


Moonlight


Shipping on the Clyde


Moonlight, Wharfedale

Barren trees and bushes complemented the moonlight in Grimshaw's artworks.


Whitby Docks

Grimshaw experimented with painting different times of night to vary celestial light from green to blue to yellow.


The Thames Below London Bridge


Autumn Evening

Here is one of his Paintings of an Autumn Evening


Autumn Morning

And here is its complementary painting of a splendid early Autumn Morning.


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