Sunset, Leeds

WAG 1057


Holmes exhibited this watercolour at the Liverpool Autumn Exhibition of 1935. He was well known for urban views as well as landscapes, well encapsulated by the atmopsheric view of the city of Leeds at sunset. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Impressionists in France had embraced the city as a viable artistic subject. British artists in the early 20th century were influenced by their European colleagues and Holmes's view of Leeds here demonstrates the clear influence of these forces. The city's industrial power is present, but subdued; the smoke from the towering factory chimneys might easily be clouds and the railway line is quiet.