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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Edward Atkinson Hornel (5)

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In 1886 Hornel and Henry worked together in Kirkcudbright, where Hornel remained, avoiding the art establishment in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Hornel had seen the mosaic-like pictures of Monticelli at the 1886 Edinburgh International Exhibition and his own work was made up of flattened, decorative areas of colour, with little depth and no distant horizons. He painted figures, often in woods. In 1890 Henry and Hornel collaborated on The Druids, a painting in which the decorative elements of incised gesso and overlaid gold co-exist with Celtic mythology, which fascinated Hornel at this time. A further co-operative effort resulted in The Star in the East (1891). Hornel’s work was already showing a Japanese influence when in February 1893 he set off for Japan with George Henry, financially supported by Galleries owner Alexander Reid and philanthropist William Burrell.

In a Japanese Garden

E. A. Hornel and George Henry, The Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe 1890


Hornel produced some of his finest oils during the 19 month-long visit, successfully balancing his feeling for decorative work with figurative drawing and composition. An exhibition of his Japanese works held in Glasgow was a success, but he nevertheless returned to Kirkcudbright to paint children in fancy dress, figures in flower-decked woods, autumnal forests and flowers, and girls by the sea. The 1890s saw Hornel at his most artistically successful, but after 1910 a certain reputation and lack of consistency crept in with a resultant lowering of standards.

Japanese Garden-1923

The lotus flower

Geishas in a Japanese Garden

Two Geisha Girls 1894

Burma Beauties-1907

He visited Ceylon in 1907, and Burma in 1918 but this did not have the same inspirational effect as Japan. He was commercially successful and purchased a fine 18th century townhouse in Kirkcudbright before the First World War for £400 with the sale of just one painting. He bequeathed Broughton House and the contents of his studio to the town, and it is now the Hornel Museum managed by the National Trust, with a fascinating Japanese Garden. His work was much in demand and he died a wealthy man. In 1901 he was elected ARSA but declined the honour. He died in Kirkcudbright.

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