Farquhar McGillivray Knowles (1859-1932)
|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure||
A wonderfully executed, impressionist view of a steamer about to leave the dock as a squall passes through in the distance.
A shaft of afternoon sunlight has managed to burst through, briefly, to light up the ship with the kind of "magic hour" light that photographers would die for - and often wait weeks to find; Farquhar just conjured it up off his palette.
The smoke from the funnel, and the figures scurrying about, gives this picture the breath of life that transcends the printed page.
It shows why Farquhar was widely hailed as a master craftsman of seascapes.
|Getting Up Steam, Farquhar McGillivray Knowles c 1891|
|Orig. wc - Size - 12" x 16"
Found - Toronto, ON