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Along the Shore

Joseph Southall
1914

This painting shows three Edwardian women and a young girl walking along the shore on a blustery day.

The poise and studied elegance of this painting result partly from the fast drying quality of the egg tempera medium.  Tempera paintings have to be meticulously planned in advance as it is virtually impossible for the artist to correct a mistake.

Southall’s elegantly classical figures relate to his study of Renaissance art.  He was instrumental in reviving the early Renaissance art of tempera painting, in which the artist has to blend powdered pigments with the yolk of an egg.