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    HENRY FARRER (American 1844-1903)
    Misty Green Landscape, 1890
    Watercolor on paper
    11.75in. x 18in. (sight size)
    Signed and dated lower left: H. Farrer 1890

    Misty Green Landscape is a wonderful study in compositional balance, as the tall trees are placed asymmetrically, to the right of center in the composition, and their "visual weight" is counterbalanced balanced perfectly by the bright values found in the reflecting pond at the bottom of the composition. A feeling of quiet, slight movement, of rippling water, and light wind, is suggested in this pastoral design. The closely matched values, and subtle warm and cool hue changes capture the diffused light of an overcast day, resulting in a painting of sublime beauty.

    Henry Farrer, the younger brother of Thomas Charles Farrer, was born in London. Thomas was a founding member of the Association of Advancement of Truth in Art. This organization was based on Pre-Raphaelite member John Ruskin's philosophies. At the age of 19, Henry Farrer immigrated to the United States and opened his studio in New York City where he painted landscapes, predominantly in watercolor.

    Henry Farrer was a founding member of the American Society of Painters in Water Color in 1866 and served as it's secretary for many years. He was also a founding member of the New York Etching Club and became its President in 1881. Farrer lived in Brooklyn from 1887 until his death in 1903.

    The Farrer brothers became America's leading Ruskinians, as part of an American Pre-Raphaelite movement, from the 1860s to the 1880s. Henry Farrer is celebrated for his delicate watercolors and etchings, which reveal an attention to detail, close focus, and meticulous brushwork.

    Keywords: watercolor, landscape, realism, pre-Rafaelite, painting


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    October, 2004
    31st Sunday
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