The Shortening Winter's Day is Near a Close

LL 3152


Farquharson came to specialise in painting sheep in the snow, enabling him to contrast the hard, smooth finish of the snow with the soft, shaggy texture of the sheep - a contrast all the sharper because both are white. The setting sun, shining at the viewer, shows this painting to be a real test of the artist's skill in portraying the subtleties of reflected colour and tone on white surfaces. Farquharson's titles sound like quotations, but in fact are his own inventions.