1897 - 1975
Victoria Train Station
Oil on canvas, signed bottom right
Image size: 30 1/4 x 24 1/2 inches (77 x 62.25 cm)
Hand made frame
£8,000

 

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This is an atmospheric depiction of Victoria Train Station from the mid 20th century. Since their arrival, railway stations, platforms and waiting rooms have captivated the attention of a wide variety of artists. Artists such as Workman have depicted scenes featuring the trains, steam and smoke found in these locations to convey the concepts of mobility, modernisation and industrialisation.

At the centre of this painting we see a train slowing towards us, and the end of the track, as it pulls into the busy platform. On its way it leaves pungent plumes of smoke that rise and fill the roof space of the station. For the viewer, this smoke obscures objects in the distance, dissolving forms through suffused light.

 

Harold Workman

Workman was born in 1897 in Oldham and attended the Oldham and Manchester Schools of Art. From 1936, he showed at the Royal Academy, the New English Art Club, and other prestigious London and regional galleries. Workman was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1937, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1948, the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, and the United Society of Artists. His work may be found in the Government Art Collection, the Oldham Art Gallery, the Northampton Art Gallery, the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth, and the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle. He resided in London and subsequently in Surrey’s East Molesey.