A Grand Tour
IN A MANNER NOT AT ALL DISSIMILAR o the way seventeenth and eighteenth-century European artists like Poussin, Fragonard and Turner recorded their feelings and view of the sights and beauties of the European continent, Matthew Moss, during his own Grand Tour, drew and painted these singular images. He painted the greater part of these works of art almost always out of doors and directly in front of the scene depicted. This may go some way to explaining their beautiful fresh clean colours, clear sharp forms and the almost surreal vision that they convey of the beauties of ancient European civilization. The Rock of Cashel, Ireland's Acropolis, is one example of the vision Matthew Moss conveys in the paintings of his native Ireland. He paints the medieval Round Towers and ancient towns like Tallagh, Skerries and Balbriggan. Matthew shows us the beauties of the Principality of Andorra hidden between France and Spain, and fishing villages on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. On one occasion, traveling by packet-boat, the artist’s journey reached the horn of Africa, where he recorded the elegant cargo boats, dhows, shown here in the port of Djibouti.