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Location: Somerset, UK

Subject: Landscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1950s

Signature: Knighton-Hammond

Dimensions: 57 cm x 78 cm

This watercolour by Knighton-Hammond is reminiscent of Claude Monet’s Haystacks, with not only the subject but also with the depiction of light, colour and mood. Again, like Monet, he has taken a seemingly mundane and uninteresting subject and managed to create something so beautiful and expressive. For the Impressionists, including Knighton-Hammond, light was the principal agent and the source of light and its ever-changing effects was the sky. Knighton-Hammond recognised its importance and never treated it as merely a background as it was paramount for adding drama and atmosphere. For this close descriptive of observed nature, he uses colour to describe not only direct but also reflected light. Painting en plein air with an instinctive feeling, Knighton-Hammond used unblended colours from his paint box applying them at speed, with extraordinary gusto, in broad, flourishing strokes with supreme confidence. This vitality of brushwork and the colour and light gives movement to the composition. Every stroke of the brush, seemingly so careless, has been evidently well thought out, and the artist’s sure hand enabled him to indicate form, colour and transparency with one energetic sweep of the brush producing luminosity and clarity. The foliage is very rich in colour and form and is the major element of the composition. Knighton-Hammond was a master at giving life to his works of art. The spatial organisation of this picture heightens the visual effect.

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