After Rain

After Rain by Henry Moore RA RWS, 1831-1893. Signed and dated 1872, labelled verso with title and inscribed in pencil "Traeth Mawr. Oil on canvas, 7 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches.

In late 1872 Moore rented a cottage near Porthmadog in Snowdonia in North Wales where he spent time sketching and exploring. The majority of his Royal Academy exhibits of the following year are of subjects in this area. One of these, and the sketch for it (similar to this one), were described by his biographer as "a wonderful tour de force in cloud and light painting, and in the sketch (which was made on the spot, and is as fresh and vigorous as ever) one has an even better chance of realising the unususal power Moore had of rendering by a simple scheme and perfectly direct painting these grand effects of nature'.

This sketch shows a view of Snowdon across the Traeth Mawr (Welsh for big sands) on me Glaslyn Estuary. With its shifting sand and powerful this is a dangerous place to be and in the sketch a stranded figure is being picked up by boat. This sketch is likely to be a study for Crossing the Bar, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1873, though we can find no illustration of the finished work. — Rupert Maas, p. 18.

References

Catalogue. London: The Maas Gallery, 2008. Catalogue no. 13

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