Thames Scene, the Elevator
Thames Scene, the Elevator, ca. 1890
Oil on canvas
61.6 x 85.1 cm (24 1/4 x 33 1/2 inches)
Anonymous gift 57.166
Georges Lemmen began to forge his own method of pointillist paint application after exposure to the work of Georges Seurat, whose A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -I884 was exhibited in Belgium in 1887. Thames Scene, The Elevator, one of two important paintings Lemmen made of factories along London’s River Thames, shows his response to Seurat’s painstaking technique. In preparation for this painting, Lemmen first established structural details, then mapped the scene in a preliminary oil sketch. He then proceeded to a finished version in which the image was formed by layering successively smaller points of pigment. Massing closely related hues, such as yellows and oranges, and mingling complementaries like reds and blues, he created luminous transitions from water to smoke to sky. Descriptive and tonal information are seamlessly interwoven, creating an effect that is both dense and atmospheric.
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsExchange Exhibition, Exhibition ExchangeFrom the Collection of Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; From the Collection of The Museum of Art, Rhode
Contributions byMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandesi University., 1967
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