Arthur Melville

The Sapphire Sea

About this artwork

Melville first visited the Spanish port of Pasajes, on the Atlantic coast near San Sebastián, in 1892. The steep-sided bay, surrounded by fishing boats and red-roofed houses, inspired some of his most radical paintings. Here he uses a dramatic vertical composition to contrast the intense blue sea and the dazzling white buildings. Melville was closely associated with the group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys. A highly original watercolourist, he painted in ‘blots and spots’ and used specially prepared paper to evoke brilliant colour and light.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    The Sapphire Sea
  • date created:
  • materials:
    Watercolour on paper
  • measurements:
    120.00 x 80.00 cm (framed: 111.50 x 84.20 x 9.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Private Collection on long term loan to the National Galleries of Scotland
  • accession number:
    NGL 003.11
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Arthur Melville

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