This painting is by Ezra Elmer Keene photographic artist by 1901 and subsequently a very talented painter by 1914. Born in Osberton near Worksop in Nottinghamshire to a Quaker family, Keene’s family moved to Leicester where he pursued a very successful career as a painter. His romanticised moonlit views and evocative landscapes were and still are incredibly attractive and successful in Europe and the United States.
His exquisite work as card-friendly images in coastal and rural places and postcards made him a renowned artist of the Edwardian era.
In this painting Keene applies his artistry with great confidence and accuracy capturing the moment a vessel ran aground in low tide. The iridescent sun set floods the scene in sepia; very much like in an old photograph. The colours blend in, framing the picture leaving the sea, the vessel and the people to be the central characters in this remarkable painting.
Signed lower left. The painting is framed in a gilt plaster and wooden frame with some minor damage to the gilt – secondary frame.
Condition Report: Painting in very good condition
Dimensions: Frame: H: 48.5 cm (19 inches); W: 63.5 cm ( 25 inches);
Board: H: 29.5 cm (11 1/2 inches): W 44.5 cm (17 1/2 inches)
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