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Danby, Irish by origin, worked in Bristol and London and later on the Continent. Of all British landscape painters he seems closest to continental artists in his technical approach, though his subject-matter is varied and unpredictable. This highly poetic work is a romantic restatement of the Claudean idyll, making use of richer tonal contrasts and evoking a mysterious fantasy landscape. But the balanced asymmetry in the formal opposition of cliffs and trees acknowledges the artist's roots in the classical tradition.

August 2004