George Henry (1858-1943) was a talented Scottish painter who attended the Glasgow School. His paintings demonstrate rich colors and strong contrasting elements.
My favorite painting by far is River Landscape By Moonlight. This is a perfect demonstration of how you can paint the illusion of light. As you are probably aware, we are not able to duplicate the effect of light itself with our paints. But we can come pretty close by painting the relative contrast of light, as shown in this painting. Henry used a sharp contrast in not only value, but also saturation and hue. The result is a small area of great impact, similar to what light itself would look like. Also, notice how this small area of impact seems to balance against a much larger area of more subtle elements.
Below is another painting by Henry which utilizes sharp contrasting elements to create a very close rendition of light. The painting can be broken into two main areas – the foreground which is in shade and the background which is in light. These two distinct areas provide an interesting design.
Here are some more paintings by George Henry for your enjoyment:
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