George Gray (Scotland, 1880-1910) - Highland Landscape
Oil on canvas
Signed lower left and presented in a period gilt composition frame
George Gray (1880-1910) was a Scottish landscape painter. The artist displays a trained and skilled hand in capturing the essence of his native wilderness. For a gentleman who only lived for forty years, many of his works reside in private collections.
George Gray’s painting ‘Highland Landscape’ is a compelling and captivating Scottish scene of a lonely boat on a shore of a lake, in front of trees and a hill that inhabit in darkness, due to tempestuous sky above. The background expresses a brightly lit sky and receding mountains. The artist has used a technique called tenebrism (sharp contrasts between light and dark) to create a dramatic illumination in the background. Gray was most likely inspired by Baroque paintings from 1600-1750.