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Norman Garstin's small, freely painted landscape studies are impressionistic accounts of atmospheric lighting effects. He was more sympathetic to the NEAC Impressionists than most of the Newlyn artists, believing they 'are solving problems by making different compromises than ours'. His small-scale work is frequently reminiscent of Whistler and even Sickert. In 'Mount's and Tolcarne', painted in the open air, Garstin includes his wife and his daughter Alethea, who was to become a painter herself.

September 2004