The Road to Nieuport

Alfred William Finch (Belgian, 1854-1930)

Currently on View in H209
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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.

(Patrick Derom Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, through Christie's); purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in 1997.

Object Information

Alfred William Finch (Belgian, 1854-1930)
creation date
oil on canvas
21-5/8 x 26 in. (canvas)
28-3/4 x 34 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Signed and dated, lower left: A.W. Finch | 88
accession number
credit line
Gift in memory of Robert S. Ashby by his family and friends
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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