Rocks
By Artist Unknown

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Year
1991
Media
Watercolour
Subject Matter
Sea and Boats
Reg. Number
G164
Size
85 x 95 cm

This watercolour is of a beach scene, with large rocks dominating the lower half of the painting. The sky, distant hills, sea and sand behind the rocks are simply depicted in horizontal bands of blue, grey and pale yellow.

The rocks are more detailed, with vertical lines suggesting the contours and stratification of the rocks. The use of the same limited palette of blue-grey tones, with some pale yellow, links the two parts of the painting together.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century watercolour painters often painted landscapes in grey tones to explore light and shade in the scene. Although this anonymous artist's technique is looser and more modern, his deliberate choice of this range of colours is reminiscent of their control of the medium.

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