EDWARD ATKINSON HORNEL
The Scottish artist Ernest Atkinson Hornel was a founding member of the Glasgow Boys, artist-followers of Jules Bastien-Lepage, the French plein-air painter. In Glasgow, he collaborated closely with his friend George Henry, with whom he shared ideas and a studio. Here, they created modern paintings concentrating on the decorative effects of the inter-relationship of colour.
In 1892, the pair visited Japan. On their return in 1893-4, out of the visual excitement of the wealth of new images that they had experienced, they produced paintings of Japanese subjects in the ‘Glasgow Style’ which, in time, developed into local images, typically of girls in idyllic floral and woodland settings, full of dappled colour and light. Hornel’s paintings of this period display his contemporary success and popularity. These purely decorative images earned him great commercial and public success at the turn of the century.