Reference: Galloway 264
Provenance: William de Belleroche; Mr & Mrs J G Cluff; The Fine Art Society; private collection
Exh: Exhibition of Works by Frank Brangwyn RA
, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull 1933 (No 29); The Fine Art Society, 2000; MOMA Wales, (long term loan) 2006 -2016
Kandinsky praised Brangwyn as one of the first artists to use blue and red in a truly modern manner.This scene, one of several Brangwyn painted of Spanish goatherds, was undertaken whilst travelling through Spain in 1892 in company with Arthur Melville. It is aptly described in an article Brangwyn wrote for The Studio:
ï¿½Under the long shadows of a few poplars on the banks we could see a goatherd surrounded by ï¬‚ocks of black goats,looking like spots of ink on the sun-swept hillsï¿½.(33)
Brangwyn recorded that the two artists actually sketched a goatherd a few days later at Galar, as Brangwyn spelt it, Melville having persuaded the man to come down to the canal side.