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A Misty Morning, Constantinople, Sata Sofia Mosque

Detail

  • Paul Ellis
    • A Misty Morning, Constantinople, Sata Sofia Mosque

      Stock No: GAP0133

      Price : $133,000.00

      Circa:20c

      Medium: Oil on Canvas

      Framed: 23.5" x 43.5"

      Unframed: 31.25" x 51.25"

  • Artist Biography
    • This is an original unique oil painting by the artist. Paul Ellis was a flower and landscape artist based in Birmingham, who exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries between 1883 and 1891. Although little is recorded in writing of his travel experiences abroad, A misty morning – the Mosque Santa Sophia & Golden Horn, Constantinople has the topographical attention to detail that suggests it was painted en plein air. The painting seems to be classically rendered with small, overlayed brushstrokes of oil to create luminosity and depth in colour. However, the composition is far more Modern in style, with key attributes of the Japanese woodblock prints that were absolutely in vogue for Impressionist artists at the time. In this painting, the boat masts and the mosque counteract the undulating lines of nature in the form of the sea and hills beyond. These are exactly the same techniques as were used by Monet in the previous year, 1888, with paintings such as Antibes, Afternoon Effect (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – below). These tools of composition were used by artist such as Hiroshige to create depth of perspective and establish the idea of a journey in the viewer, from the foreground, to the mid and to the background of a piece of art. The latter half of the nineteenth century was also a time of decline for the Ottoman Empire, which disintegrated completely in the aftermath of the First World War. As such, in this piece, Ellis has (whether wittingly or unwittingly) captured a moment for a city which stood on the cusp of another wholesale change in the course of its own illustrious history.

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