A return to Ferens Gallery.

Washer Women at the foot of the Torre Delle Milizie

1640’s

Thomas Wijk (Beverwijk 1616 – Haarlem 1677)

I think I saw this one at the Wakefield Gallery, but never took it down. The tower doesn’t quite dominate this picture as it is not placed dead centre. At first our eye is drawn to the foot of the tower and who we see there. The faded orange hues make for peaceful sunset look… or sunrise.

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View of the Het Valkchof (Falcon Court) 1650

G.W. Berckhout 1650’s

A fantastic landscape, but it isn’t just the fort itself. We see this picture is full of life, fishermen are going about their daily business while commoners clean and wash in the river.

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An imaginary Dutch Church Interior 1655

Daniel de Blieck (Middleburg 1630 – 1673)

Not architecturally accurate according to the description, but beautifully designed anyway. Again, it’s not just the setting, a lot is happening within this picture. Can’t really see in this resolution, but a dog wanders about while a grave digger is hard at work.

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The Menagerie of Versilles 1670’s

Adam Frans Van Der Mealen (Brussels 1632 – Paris 1690)

A beautifully painted landscape of Louis XIV’s garden, he is even in the picture on the far right

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Interior of Antwerp Cathedral by Night

Picter Neefs Senior (Antwerp 1578 – 1656)

Hauntingly peaceful in it’s design. Those that dwell within stay within the light, or close to it. We can explore that meaning, as only those in the white robes appear to be within the darkness. Perhaps some religious overtones are present, about the tried and untried. Only those with iron faith might wander the dark without fear of loss.

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Vanitas 1664

Cornelius Norbertus Gilsbrecht (Antwerp 1659 – 1678)

Many many remakes and interpretations of this picture as I understand, the linked image isn’t the one that was in the gallery, but close too it. The picture itself is about how we concern ourselves with material pleasures while time goes by. It is important to note the semiotics within this painting. The skull next to the burnt out candle indicates death and the passage of time. Their proximity implies they are connected. The empty wine glass indicates worldly pleasures, somewhat dwarfed by the deathly message. The morale being, don’t invest too much time in world pleasures, time is short and there is much else to do.

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The Press Gang 1858

Alexander Johnston (Edinborough 1815 – 1891)

A fantastic example of a picture that tells an entire story. Press gangs were navy men that were able to draft other men without warning into the navy by royal order. It’s fair to say they were hated. We see in the picture that the man in red is to be drafted, torn away from his love and into navy life within the same day. A couple flees in the background, and concern of the citizens is evident. We can’t see the entire picture here, but I think there is a book and rose that has been dropped on the ground, we could assume the draftee’s love probably dropped them in her shock. A fallen rose represents so much more though…

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Daphne

Arthur Hacker (London 1858 – 1919)

Not much too this one, I just think it’s a good example of human proportions and the female form. The Nymph Daphne (a minor figure of Greek Mythos) was attempting to escape the Apollo the Sun God, and she was turned into a laurel tree to escape him.

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Princes Dock. Hull.

Atkinson Grimshaw (Leeds 1836 – 1893)

A like the sheer depth of this picture, our eye travels smoothly from foreground to background. We see the way the street lamps glow against the soaked streets and the looming silhouettes in the background.

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A return to Ferens Gallery.

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