The Captive Butterfly, 1905

Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864-1933)

'The Captive Butterfly', Edward Atkinson Hornel

Hornel lived and worked in the fishing town Kirkcudbright in Scotland for most of his life. In the late 1890s, he painted a series of pictures depicting young girls playing in the Galloway countryside overlooking the sea at Brighouse Bay. Hornel's paintings are all highly decorative. Their surface can take on the quality of mosaic as figures fuse with the background. The artist used thick paint applied in broad brushstrokes to create a highly textured surface.

Oil on canvas,

National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery