About this artwork

Like many of his fellow members of the Glasgow School, Henry favoured an extremely decorative and almost abstract mode of painting during the early 1890s. He valued colours and shapes more for their combined appearance than for realistic effects. This painting shows the small Ayrshire village of Barr. Henry, a native of Ayrshire, was fascinated by the orchestration of surface pattern, which reflected his interest in Japanese art. Here the scene of villagers in the landscape is enlivened by a perfectly controlled use of jewel-like notes of vibrant colour.

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George Henry

George Henry