british-impressionism

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George Hyde Pownall (1866 or 1876-1932, England/Australia)

Cityscapes

Pownall was an English painter of the Edwardian period, His small, vivid paintings of London, the West End, and the Thames are often overlooked when people consider city painting in the early 20th century, and this has not been helped by inaccurate or lacking biographical information relating to the artist’s life.

An accomplished musician and landscape painter, Pownall was born in England in 1866 (or 1876) and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in about 1911. He worked as a conductor, composer, tenor singer and pianist, painting in his spare time. His paintings are in the plein air style of Impressionism, and the sketch-like fluidity also resembles artists of this school, though Pownall’s technique is recognisably his own.

Alfred Sisley, Early Snow at Louveciennes, c.1870-71, oil on canvas, 54.9 x 73.7 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Source

A few specks of white paint are all it takes to present a chilly atmosphere in one of Sisley’s many impressions of Louveciennes, a riverside town northwest of Paris.