Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Famous Artists (You've Probably Never Heard of) - No.2 'Painters of the Night'

The second in a very occasional series

In the world of classical music nocturnes are relatively common – g
ood old 'Fred' Chopin alone composed 21 for solo piano...

These were originally pieces composed for evening soirées but have now come to be associated with music that represents the mood and 'feel' of the night.

It was the charismatic American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler who first applied the term nocturne to a painting.

Night is not the most obvious subject matter for a visual artist (what with there being little light and all that) but in the right hands, images of real intensity, magic and mystery can be created.

Here are just a few by five artists including Grillust's very own, 'Mr Tony' Peart (33).

No.1, Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917)

No.2, John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836–1893)

No.3, Henri Le Sidaner (1862–1939)

Xavier Mellery (1845–1921)

No.5, Tony Peart (19 something – present)