Winter Scene in Moonlight

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Artist Statement

 

Winter Scene in Moonlight catches Henry Farrer at a crossroads. In the early 1860s, as a member of the Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art (an association run by his own brother), Farrer worked in the Pre-Raphaelite tradition. In the 1870s, he shifted from creating realistic still-lifes to the tonalist style, using watercolors to develop moodier landscapes.

Originally made in 1869, this piece is Farrer's earliest known watercolor landscape and exhibits a perfect blend of his two styles. To render this scene—likely a vista in Brooklyn, where the artist lived most his life—Farrer used a mix of watercolor and gouache. The result is a realistic landscape, but with an undeniably dreamy aura of nocturnal serenity.

 

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Henry Farrer was an artistic jack of all trades. A self-taught English painter, he immigrated to America in 1863 and joined his brother's short-lived group, the Society for the Advancement of Truth in Art. As a member of this association, Farrer worked in the Pre-Raphaelite tradition, creating mostly still-lifes. Later, he shifted his paintings to the tonalist style, working almost exclusively in watercolor. He co-founded the American Watercolor Society, where he showed many of these works. Farrer was also a founding member of the New York Etching Club, becoming an important force in the revival and promotion of etching as a creative medium. He continues to be best known for his tonalist and etching works, even after his death in 1903.

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