- Presented by the Canterbury Society of Arts, 1932
- Oil on canvas
- 1040 x 1465 x 80mm
- c. 1885
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Adrian Stokes was well regarded for his treatment of landscapes and working life, a popular subject for nineteenth-century painters. He painted In the Sandhills, Jutland while he and his wife, artist Marianne Preindlsberger, were on a residency at the artists’ colony in Skagen, a fishing village on Denmark’s northern tip. A woman manages a scattered herd under rolling clouds that diffuse the luminosity of a midday sun, the overall flatness of the light leaving only the lightest of shadows. A flat, overcast light can also illuminate colours, and Stokes’s blue, green and earth tones all chime and glow subtly in unison to suggest the sights, sounds and even smells of the sea.
(Endless Light, 29 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)