The Harbour, Concarneau, 1906
Terrick John Williams, RA PRI VPROI RBA (1860 – 1936)
Oil on canvas. Signed. Dated verso.
11½” x 17½” (29.2 cm x 44.5 cm)
One of Britain’s finest Impressionists and most important and influential figures in 20th Century British art, Terrick Williams was President of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Vice-President of The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Chairman of The Arts Club and a member of The Royal Academy. Williams was passionate about painting outdoors and had an exceptional ability to observe the qualities of light and colour and translate them beautifully in oils, watercolours and pastels. In the 1880s, he studied in Antwerp under Charles Verlat and in Paris at l’Académie Julian. Here, he concentrated on figure painting and many of his compositions, painted on his extensive travels, feature local people going about their daily chores. Williams had a particular interest in harbour and fishing subjects, which drew him repeatedly to art colonies by the sea in Cornwall and northern France. Williams was influenced by the French and Dutch painters of the mid-19th Century and by his contemporaries in the French Impressionist Movement, especially Monet. Like them, he was fascinated by the effects of sunshine and shadows and the play of light on water.