Currently on View in Andrew and Jane Paine Galleries (K212)
Rainy Night, Etaples depicts a street view of Etaples, a city in Normandy, France. Indianapolis native William Scott studied in France with the celebrated African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner. Etaples, Tanner’s summer residence, was the subject of several of Scott’s paintings.
The scene is almost completely shrouded in darkness, but the wet pavement reflects rays of light emanating from two street lamps and a window.
The blue-green palette, subdued tonality, and dramatic light recall Tanner’s style, while the loosely brushed composition demonstrates the restrained Impressionist technique that dominated Scott’s European work.