Sir Alfred Munnings: Langham Mill Pool

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Sir Alfred James Munnings, P.R.A., R.W.S. (1878-1959), Langham Mill Pool, signed ‘A.J. MUNNINGS’ (lower right), oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm), Source: Christie’s

The Best of British Impressionism

A strong supporter of en plein-air painting, Sir Alfred Munnings, “like the French Impressionist painters, … captures the salient qualities of form while conjuring the dramatic atmosphere of light, air, and colour.” Painted at a site only a few miles from his home, “Langham Mill Pool is an extraordinary example of British Impressionism.”

Christie’s describes the painting:

‘[It is] an almost perfect rendering of the green and gold gaiety of a late spring day, its effects of light and air space seized with an intensity of vision that seemed to make the canvas quiver’ (R. Pound, The Englishman, London, 1962, p 36). … This work more importantly illustrates Munnings’ focus on the animation of nature’s elements and his fascination with capturing its ever-fleeting movement.

With a flurry of brushstrokes, Munnings creates the illusion that the water ripples, the tips of trees and pond grass flutter, and Constable back-lit clouds billow, endlessly altering shape, as the wind blows across the scene. He wielded his brush in an expressive fashion that matched the spontaneity of the moment itself.

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All quotes are from Christie’s   (they credit Lorian Peralta-Ramos for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry).

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. JMN says:

    I have a beautiful book of Munnings’s work left me by my dad. His technique is stunning. He was a master at horses.

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    1. I am just discovering his horse related paintings – love them.❤️ 😎

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