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WILLIAM KAY BLACKLOCK | An Afternoon Stroll

WILLIAM KAY BLACKLOCK | An Afternoon Stroll

£37,500.00Price

23" x 19"/ 58.5 x 48 cms
Oil on Canvas

  • William Kay Blacklock was born in Sunderland in North East England in 1872. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London and whilst studying in London met his wife Ellen Richardson. By 1900 the couple had moved to 2 Margaretta Terrace in Chelsea, moving to Battersea the following year. In 1902 they moved to Edinburgh where Blacklock studied at the Edinburg School of Art.

    Blacklock, like so many of his generation, joined a colony of artists in Walberswick, a picturesque village on the East Coast. This colony was founded by Philip William Steer, the leading pioneer of British Impressionism, who lived and worked in Walberswick from 1888 until 1894. Blacklock later moved to St. Ives in East Anglia before living finally in Leicester. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy between 1897 and 1918, showing a total of seventeen works. He also regularly exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.

    Blacklock was very much an artist of his time, born during the latter years of High Victorian painting, in style and content he drew on the traditional Victorian subject matter of rural and coastal everyday life. However, although suffused with an idealised view of nature and rural poverty, his work shows sometimes knowledge of the French Social Realists, such as Jean François Millet and Jules Bastien-Lepage, but interpreted in a fashion more akin to that of Leon L’Hermitte, the renowned painter of rural France.

    The titles of a number of his Royal Academy exhibits exemplify this attitude to nature “Evening Glow – Rye” 1901, “A Sunny Hillside” of 1902 and “A Sunny Corner” of 1911, and a “Dutch Idyll” of 1914, this latter painted while in Walberswick. Blacklock’s enduring popularity as a watercolourist and painter in oils, lies in this vision of nature and his distinct interpretation of rural life.

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