|Who painted this? #18|
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|Who painted this? #17|
View of Greenock by Robert Salmon
- Title of the artwork: View of Greenock, Scotland
- Name of the artist who created this artwork: Robert Salmon
- Date it was created: 1816
- Media used: oil on canvas, 66.6 x 112.3 cm
- Where it lives now: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Before moving to America, Salmon had lived in the Scottish port of Greenock, where he painted this landscape in 1816. This seaport, located east of Glasgow on the River Clyde, was a very beautiful area with many attractions for tourists and artists. In the foreground, before the panoramic landscape, genre is a bucolic scene showing a group of Washerwomen performing daily chores Their amid a clearing in the path. The backdrop is the town of Greenock, miniaturist rendered in detail, with its smoking chimneys and several boats moored at the harbor or sailing across the estuary with sails unfurled
The one and only person to provide the correct answer was Alyson Chump (The Chronicle of Wasted Time).
Lots of wails and gnashing of teeth though! :)
What do we know about the artist Robert Salmon?
- He was a maritime artist - and you can see some of his paintings on Wikimedia Commons
- he painted nearly 1,000 paintings and is considered by some to be one of the most important maritime painters in art history
- Born 1778 in Whitehaven in Cumbria
- In the UK he painted mainly in Greenock, Liverpool and other ports.
- He emigrated to the USA in 1828 and became a prosperous Boston seascape painter. he stayed until 1842 when he left and travelled to Italy. It's unclear when he died.
- Some websites highlight him as being influential in the development of marine art in the USA. He is characterised by some as the father of American Luminism - ie depicting calm, reflective water and a soft, hazy sky. While other websites about Luminism say nothing about him.
He is widely considered the father of American Luminism with a style of painting that was to influence the likes of Fitz H. Lane, William Bradford and many other young New England artists of the nineteenth century.Artnet