Ronda Fair (In Spain)

WAG 2243


Following study at the Academie Julian in Paris and at Grez-sur-Loing between 1878 and 1881, Melville developed a colourful, experimental watercolour style. He saturated the paper with water and white paint, then used sponges to add blobs of colour and adjust detial. This technique has been used here to emulate the bright, hard sunshine of the townscape, and to hint at forms of people and buildings, rather than depict them clearly.