William John Caparne (1856-1940)
A Guernsey Bay at Sunrise, c.1935
Pastel on paper, 225 x 300 mm
Supplied unmounted with its original tinted cartridge backing paper and tissue protector.
In the final decades of his life, Caparne produced hundreds of works depicting the coast of his beloved Guernsey, such as this view, looking eastwards across the bays of the south coast of the island near his home at Bon Port. Turning increasingly to pastel as his eyesight began to fail, he exploited the qualities of the medium, its immediacy and expressive potential, in capturing the constantly changing aspect of same scene throughout the year. Here, in this evocation of the rich colours of a dawn sky and the hesitant light of a new day, he demonstrates his mastery of the form.
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