Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Art Review - "The Governess Cart" by Joseph Crawhill

This week's #MuseumTourTuesday post is not about a painting that I have seen in person, but rather one that I find very inspiring. While very different mediums, I've always been intrigued by the crossover of effects between oil and water based paints. Working with watercolor and gouache for over a decade early on in my art career has greatly influenced my approach to painting with oils.

Joseph Crawhill, with this piece at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, Scotland, is one of those artists who helped to solidify that connection between the mediums for me. My first assumption was that this piece was an oil painting, but it is actually gouache on linen. Many of the effects are similar to those achievable with oil on linen. I am particularly partial to the visible texture of the linen, and the way in which that texture interacts with the paint. This is another thing I strive for in my own work.

Unfortunately, Crawhill destroyed much of his own work because he was rarely satisfied with it. What remains shows his high level of talent and a love for animals, often working only from memory.

Joseph Crawhill • "The Governess Cart" • Gouache on Linen
• 05 mm x 369 mm • circa 1894-1900


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