James Dickson Innes
Arenig, Sunny Evening c.1911–2

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James Dickson Innes 1887–1914
Arenig, Sunny Evening
Date c.1911–2
Medium Oil paint on wood
Dimensions Support: 229 x 324 mm
frame: 382 x 480 x 90 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1942
Not on display

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During his short life Innes stayed for several seasons in North Wales, close to the Arenig mountains, where he painted these small landscapes on wooden panels. Often they have peculiarly vivid colours, and he simplified the outline of the mountains to a single profile that he drew many times. North Wales was then remote and rarely visited by artists, and was imagined by Innes as a primitive land.
Innes was a pioneer in Britain of these directly painted landscapes in strong colours, which he first used in Collioure in the South of France in 1908. He exhibited with the Camden Town Group in 1911, but like Augustus John was only a fringe member.

August 2004

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