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Cinder Hill near Gorsey Brow, Bury

Walter J Hall
1914

In this painting, Hall shows us a view of the industrial North, a view over Bury in fact. He has depicted the town as it was in 1914, seen from a distance and set in a green, rural landscape with the mass of tall factory chimneys only in evidence in the background.

Hall has used a brash and brilliant play of colour, lilac, pink and lime green applied in a very direct way to realise a view that has really not changed much since he painted it; the farm remains, but the factories have largely disappeared. This post-impressionist palette appears to render the subject afresh and imparts to a familiar and ordinary view a strange kind of beauty.