Purple sky and sea
Date made: 1884-1933
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: A minimalist but still atmospheric watercolour by Archibald Knox (1864-1933) depicting a coastal scene where the heavy dark skies merge into the sea, so that the thin line of coastal landscape is almost indistinguishable. Although most of his watercolour sketches are untitled and unidentified views of the Manx and English landscape and coastal scenes, it is thought this may be a coastal location in south eastern England where Knox produced various paintings of coastal scenes. Knox's watercolour sketches can be seen as exercises in capturing the light and a single moment in time. The artist is said to have painted his watercolour scenes in a few hours or less, but that he would also sit for hours waiting for the exact light and cloud formations that he wanted to paint.
Measurements: unframed artwork: 43.5 cm x 57.5 cm
Materials: watercolour on paper
Photograph and description courtesy of Manx National Heritage via the link at imuseum.im.