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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- 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
- Link: https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/sir-alfred-james-munnings-pra-rws-langham-6113100-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=6113100&sid=d7e766fd-d075-486b-9bc8-a6d38c22012f
All quotes are from Christie’s (they credit Lorian Peralta-Ramos for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry).
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