Dancers at the Moulin Rouge1889
In Paris during the opening year of this famous dance hall, Arthur Melville made some extraordinary watercolours of the Moulin Rouge in a small sketchbook. Although based in London at the time, this Scottish artist had previously studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he was introduced to the work of the Impressionists.
During his time in France, Melville became familiar with new methods of watercolour and began to experiment with the medium. He achieved the transition from yellow to blue pigment by working directly onto wet paper and allowing areas of colour to bleed together. Unusual for the time in its abstraction, this piece might be understood as a comment on coloured electric lighting, and is perhaps the artist's response to the replacement of gas with electrically-lit interiors.
- Glossary (3 terms)
Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. `Abstraction? refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.
The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.
A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.
- Glossary (4 terms)
A distinctive technique of watercolour painting using dabs of pigment on wet paper and blotting them with a sponge.
A loose grouping of painters working in Glasgow in the late 19th century. Though there was no overall style or formal membership, they did exhibit together and shared an interest in rural scenes. Artists included John Lavery, Joseph Crawhall and James Guthrie.
The colouring element in paint or dye.
A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.
- Credits Purchased 1995
- Medium Watercolour on paper
- Size 9.40 x 15.50 cm