These are 2 paintings that I was drawn to when looking around the sale of Brian Sewell’s art collection at the Christie gallery last month. I have now realised that they are not 21st C (which is what I was set) but never mind, I will do this again at some point!
The style of the farmhouse I would describe as more realistic than the house. The house has unfinished areas: to the left a sofa(?) is drawn in but unfinished, the eye does not focus on this straight away. The house scene looks to be more sketched, and the colours washed in -(it may be water colour?) whilst the farmhouse is painted most likely in oil paint. The house has a warmer, more comfortable ambiance, whilst the farmhouse has a faded, shabby grandeur and decay, neglect and a coldness are described in the use of darker colours away from the window. I love the old curtain hanging on a string! But look at the ceiling, it was a grand house once. A painting still hangs on the wall, although some other are stacked on the floor in the corner. I think this tells us that the owners have left and were not able to take everything with them. The colours are cooler than the house, evoking a more melancholy feeling. The house looks lived in with pictures on the wall; the objects look clean and tidy; it is a warmer, happier, more welcoming scene.
I chose these 2 paintings as I enjoyed them very much ‘in the flesh’, and felt there were similarities and differences to make a good comparison. The house I was staying in at the time of the gallery visit had a door with glass panels and I managed to take a picture of the light coming through the coloured glass; the colours and the feeling evoked by this reminded me also of these paintings and I feel inspired to try and paint a version of this scene at some point.