Boats at Honfleur

Alistair Grant (1925 - 1997)

Oil on canvas

1956

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: France
    City: Paris
    Place: British Embassy
    The dark inky colours of the sky and distant buildings, the swirling water and the narrow funnelled viewpoint add a sense of mystery to Alistair Grant's painting of boats in the picturesque port of Honfleur in northern France. On the southern bank of the Seine estuary across from Le Havre, Honfleur has been the subject of many Impressionist artists’ work including Gustave Courbet, Eugene Boudin and Claude Monet. Although born in London, Grant was half French. His mother was born in Etaples, a region in northern France which inspired many of his atmospheric landscape paintings.
  • About the artist
    Alistair Grant was a printmaker, painter and illustrator. He was born in Kensington, London. His mother was from Etaples in Northern France: Grant retained the family home here and the region inspired his work throughout his life. From 1941-43 he studied at Birmingham College of Art, before being conscripted into the Royal Air Force. He subsequently studied at the Royal College of Art, where he was appointed Head of Printmaking in 1970 and Professor in 1984. Grant was involved in the production of several UK films, including The Portrait of Dorian Gray and The Battle of Agincourt. After retiring from the Royal College, Grant focused on his work, exhibiting both in England and France and spending his time between London, Etaples and Paris.
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  • Details
    Title
    Boats at Honfleur
    Date
    1956
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 91.50 cm, width: 71.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Zwemmer Gallery, September 1957
    Inscription
    br: A.Grant 56
    GAC number
    3893