Evening in London (1920). Frederick Cayley Robinson (English, 1862-1927). Tempera and pencil on board.
Robinson’s pictures are almost always of people; denizens of a silent, timeless world. Robinson created a striking variety of moods and atmosphere in his paintings to evoke complex emotional responses. His work characteristically incorporates a rich variety of altruism and symbolism, but often meaning is reserved, or implicit, creating an aura of mystery or ambiguity. There are symbolic allusions but no clear-cut messages.