- Bequeathed by Hayden R I Fraser, January, 1975
- Oil on canvas
- 695 x 900 x 95mm
- c. 1894
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English artist Alfred East established a peerless reputation as a maker of poetic landscapes, able to envelop his views in mystery and mood. This quiet work forms part of a suite of ninety-five works that comprised East’s 1895 exhibition, English Landscapes: Illustrating the Effects from Dawn to Moonrise. We can clearly see men setting out for some night fishing by a full moon so powerful the night is clear in colour, form, shadows and silhouettes. East’s brushwork is reminiscent of Rodin’s handling of clay – thick, pushed and teased out, left to suggest rather than tell in obsessive detail.
(Endless Light, 29 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)