The first major exhibition of Grimshaw's work in over three decades, Atkinson Grimshaw: Painter of Moonlight reflects the rehabilitation that the artist's reputation has undergone in recent years.Highly successful in his day, the self-taught Grimshaw is now most celebrated for his atmospheric cityscapes, often depicted at dusk or by night. Endowing the familiar streets of Leeds, London and Glasgow with a melancholy beauty, his works balance detailed naturalism with a characteristically atmospheric quality " a product of his delicate manipulations of light.After visiting Grimshaw's studio, Whistler is said to have remarked: 'I considered myself the inventor of Nocturnes until I saw Grimmy's moonlit pictures.'Alongside the classic urban works, this exhibition also showcases Grimshaw's early landscapes, as well as some of his less familiar interiors, painted under the influence of Tissot and the Aesthetic movement in the 1870s.
Atkinson Grimshaw: Painter of Moonlight
16 April – 4 September 2011