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Title Moonlight
Collection Reading Museum Service
Artist Hierschl-Minerbi, Joachim (Austrian painter b.1834)
Date Earliest possibly about 1880
Date Latest possibly about 1900
Signed yes
Description Known as Van Hier, Hierschl-Minerbi was considered Austrian despite being born in Trieste. He travelled extensively to the Netherlands, France, England and Italy, and enjoyed painting scenes of water, often at night. Though minimal in its detail, this painting shows his skill in capturing the stillness of the sea in moonlight. Only one white brushstroke defines the division between sky and water, and three others contribute to the effect of reflection. While on the right the form of a boat dissolves in the mist, to the left small figures suggest activity around a second vessel, bringing life to the scene.
Current Accession Number REDMG:1951.60.1
Inscription front lr 'Van Hier'
Subject marine
Measurements 61 x 92 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mrs E. C. H. Powley 1951.

The back of canvas is stamped by its maker, 'Moto ...' mostly illegible.

Mrs E. C. H. Powley, Basildon Park.

Rights Owner Reading Museum Service, Reading Borough Council (all rights reserved)
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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