“Youth – Yacht racing – rounding the buoy”, etching made in 1905 by Victor Focillon after a painting by Charles Napier Hemy. Size: 64 x 95,5 cm.
British painter Charles Napier Hemy (1841 -1917) is renowned for grand maritime scenes, depicting nature and the ever-changing seas.
Hemy’s paintings, capture like few other artists have, the relationship between men and the sea. Hemy understood boats and boatmen and braved the often tumultuous seas around the Cornish coast in pursuit of an honest depiction of their struggle. His paintings have an incredible sense of movement with the subject boat often slashing through the scene or exiting the frame altogether. He places us in the centre of the action amid the perilous plunge and rise of boats propelled by ocean swell and rising gale. A wonderful example to be seen here whether they are rounding the buoy, one brief moment caught from fleeting time.
Hemy was honoured as an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours in 1890 and became a full member in 1897. In 1898 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy and in 1910 a full Academician.