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Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933)
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Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933)

Easter Eggs

Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933)
Easter Eggs
signed and dated 'E A Hornel 1901' (lower left)
oil on canvas
30½ x 25 in. (77.5 x 63.5 cm.)

Glasgow, Royal Glasgow Institute, 1902, no. 12.
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Born in 1864 in New South Wales, Australia, Hornel's parents moved to Scotland and in 1866 settled in Kirkcudbright. After three rather unsuccessful years at the Trustees Academy, he travelled to Antwerp to study and on his return in 1885 he met George Henry, who introduced him to Sir James Guthrie and his circle. Around 1887 Hornel abandoned the naturalistic painting style of the Glasgow Boys in favour of a new decorative approach in which his prime considerations became pattern, texture and colour.

Painted in 1901 the present work was painted four years after Hornel had moved into Broughton Hourse in Kirkcudbright and relates to other works of the same title (see B. Smith, The Life & Work of Edward Atkinson Hornel, Edinburgh, 1997, p. 106). It is typical of this period of Hornel's work depicting local girls set in the landscape around his home in Kirkcudbright.


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