VILLAGE AT SUNSET, c. 1902
As well as seascapes of the Cornwall coast, Davies also produced many works depicting the cottages in the villages close to where he lived.
MacDonald noted in his writings on Davies, that the artist was very interested in studying the luminosity of the canvas, and many works that have this effect of the light shining through, were painted at this time. These include this work 'Cornish Village at Sunset'.
The luminosity of the canvas was not a new concept, and was one that Frederick McCubbin passed on to many of his students. He would under paint his canvasses, and when dry, use pumice stone to produce a glossy finish. He would then paint over the canvas, and the glossy surface below would give a luminous finish to the work. McCubbin used this effect in many of his Mount Macedon works, where the light filters through the undergrowth.
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890