16,92 inches x 20,86 inches
Forbes was not the first painter to work there, but he encouraged others to do so and was ‘the centre and rallying point’ (Art Journal, 1896) of the colony of artists that became known as the Newlyn School. In 1899 he and his wife founded the Newlyn School of Art, which continued until 1938, and Forbes lived in the village until the end of his long life. His devotion to outdoor painting introduced, in his own words, ‘a breath of fresh air in the tired atmosphere of the studios’, and he often exhibited with like-minded artists at the New English Art Club (of which he had been a founder member in 1886). He painted landscapes, genre scenes, and historical subjects. From about 1910 his palette lightened somewhat, and figures gradually became of lesser importance in his work, but otherwise his style altered little, and his later paintings often have a nostalgic air, reflecting the realization that the world he depicted was fast disappearing.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)