Edward Atkinson Hornel
Burmese Girls by the Sea
Size without frame: 35x18 inches
Born Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia. Both parents were Scottish and came to Britain at the age of two, settling with his parents in Kirkcudbright. Studied at the Trustees Adacemy, Edinburgh, 1880-1883. In 1885 he met George Henry and formed a friendship which was to influence both of them for the rest of their lives. The two shared a studio in Glasgow and painted alongside one another in Kirkcudbright for several years before travelling to Japan together 1893-4. They developed a highly original style which concentrated on flat colour pattern detracting from any emphasis on the subject. A rich impasto, low-key palette was the result and with minor variations remained his distinctive style making the paintings instantly recognisable. He enjoyed travel, visiting Ceylon, Burma and Japan again in 1922.