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Sospel in the Maritime Alps

Sospel in the Maritime Alps

Location: Sosple, French Riviera, France

Subject: Landscape

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1926

Signature: Knighton-Hammond

Dimensions: 34 cm x 49 cm

The Roman Bridge at Sospel is bathed in sunlight with the Alps in the background. The artist depicts the architecture with minimal detailing relying on the overall impression created which allows the spectator to read the form. Typical Knighton-Hammond pastel colours have been used to great effect. This is very much painted in the manner of the Impressionists who were painters of light, water and colour - all present here. Also, observe the shadow which was not an absence of light, but light of a different quality and of different value.

The old bridge dates from the 13th century and was used by travellers to cross the River Bevera. It was bombed during WWII but restored after.

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