‘The Market, Fiume’
Oil on canvas 10” x 16”
Signed & inscribed verso
Terrick Williams RA
Many of Terrick Williams finest paintings portray water, allowing him to show off his finely honed technical skills, his sense of light and shadow, his command of colour. He travelled extensively and his impressionistic, luminous paintings sought the transient effects of light and reflections in Venice, St Tropez, Paris, Brittany, Hungary and St. Ives.
This charming and expertly crafted painting, shows the influence of the French ‘plein air’ artists of the period. The colourful market, with its’ canopied stalls, nestling under the trees, set against a back-drop of white-washed buildings, provide an excellent foil for Terrick Williams to illustrate his skill in the use of light and shade. The sunlight casts dappled pools of light through the gaps in the trees onto the bustling scene below.
Terrick Williams was born into a successful mercantile Liverpool family. Determined to be an artist, he rebelled against joining the family business and instead travelled to Europe, where he studied under Charles Verlat in Antwerp and later at the Academie Julian in Paris under such masters as Benjamin Constant and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
Terrick Williams continued to paint Eurpean scenes all his life – he was particularly drawn to the fishing villages and harbours of Northern Europe. He was, however, based at the studio at the Blackheath Art Club from 1891, and his presence in London ensured that he submitted works for exhibition at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute and the Royal Society. During his lifetime, Terrick Williams became one of the most successful painters in London.