About this artwork

Hornel and his friend, George Henry, visited Japan in 1893. By this date both artists had abandoned the earlier realism of the Glasgow School for a flat decorative style and very strong colours. The paintings which resulted from their expedition to Japan are Japanese in subject but do not show any obvious indications of stylistic influence from Japanese art.

  • title: Kite Flying, Japan
  • accession number: NG 1815
  • artist: Edward Atkinson HornelScottish (1864 - 1933)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1894
  • measurements: 76.20 x 48.50 cm (framed: 103.30 x 75.40 x 8.60 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by Sir Hugh Reid 1934
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Edward Atkinson Hornel

Edward Atkinson Hornel

Hornel as a young artist was closely associated with the Glasgow Boys. This group of artists concentrated on capturing naturalistic light effects especially in their distinctive paintings of figures in landscapes. Hornel's interest in strong colour applied with a palette knife resulted in densely patterned networks of strokes which became a feature of his later work. He collaborated on several decorative paintings with his friend George Henry which reflected their interest in folklore. The two artists also travelled to Japan in 1893. Hornel returned to his adopted home Kirkudbright and concentrated on commercially successful paintings of children in the Galloway countryside.