Whistler’s nocturnal experiments

The American-born James Whistler was “flinging pots of paint in the public’s face” long before Jackson Pollock began pouring and dripping. Taking his cue from J.M.W. Turner, Whistler might be said to have invented British impressionism. Continue reading Whistler’s nocturnal experiments

Atkinson Grimshaw: Visionary painter of Victorian England

Atkinson Grimshaw used oil paints to depict industrial change in the same way that Elizabeth Gaskell (North and South) and Charles Dickens (Hard Times) penned words. Water-colours and paintings apart, he left no letters, journals, or papers that record his life. Continue reading Atkinson Grimshaw: Visionary painter of Victorian England