Image Resources | Currently on View in Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery

The Road to Nieuport

Alfred W. Finch (Belgian, 1854-1930)


When Seurat first exhibited in Brussels in 1887, several progressive Belgian artists were attracted to methods. Finch was the first one to adopt Neo-Impressionism, and this landscape is one of his early efforts to use pointillist brushwork and divided color. His deft blend of geometric simplicity and gentle luminosity, accented by the image's sense of stillness and detachment, demonstrates Finch's exceptional affinity with the work of Seurat.

The unusual subject of sheep grazing amid a row of electricity poles may be the artist's wry commentary on the interaction of rural life and industrialization.

Object Information

artist
Alfred W. Finch (Belgian, 1854-1930)
creation date
1888
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
21-5/8 x 26 in.
28-3/4 x 34 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
signed and dated L.L.: A.W. Finch / 88
accession number
1997.140
credit line
Gift in memory of Robert S. Ashby by his family and friends
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors