The Blacksmith's Rest. Frank Holl (1845-1888). 1881. Oil on panel, 17 x 21 inches. Courtesy of the Maas Gallery, London Click on the image to enlarge it.

“Until about 1880, Holl set his often tragic narratives of modern life in dark interiors similar to this — but after he became a successful portraitist, his sombre subject pictures became fewer, while the dark themes of his days at The Graphic magazine lightened up. Still, he loved to paint with black. Here a blacksmith takes a smoke in the cool shadows of his workshop, the bright summer sunshine outside barely piercing the gloom, like stained glass in a church. ” — the Maas Gallery website.

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Last modified 21 April 2020