Monday, November 21, 2011

Elijah Walton

Elijah Walton, 1867, Monte Marmorolo, Italy.

This painting stood out for me on a recent trip to Birmingham Art gallery and Museum, firstly the sheer scale of the painting (2270mm high x 3220mm wide) is striking. Secondly, the mountains and the lake compared to the people in the boat gives an impression of just how large the subject matter is. Painting on this scale always intrigues me, was it painted on location? Was it drawn in mapped out squares or freehand?

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