David Cox, Darley Churchyard, 1858

This watercolour of Darley Churchyard was one of David Cox’s last paintings.  He considered it his best work.

It pictures a gravedigger working in the blue-pink light of a rising moon.  The dim mysteriousness and the intense colours of the twilight time have called to artists most strongly since the early nineteenth century when rapid painting in the outdoors became the norm.  As the medias of photography and film-making have developed, the creative love of capturing the spirit of this very special lighting has grown.

Download a slideshow looking at this painting alongside the work of other artists using the magic of twilight to disguise and reveal.

David Cox and artists manipulating twilight slideshow, pdf version

David Cox and artists manipulating twilight slideshow, powerpoint version

Darley Churchyard is included in the exhibition The Magic Hour at Worcester City Art Gallery, 21 January – 24 March 2012.  For more information about the work contact museumcollections@worcestershire.gov.uk.

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