Seasonal work by famed city artist

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PAintings by a son of Leeds take pride of place amid an exhibition in the city.

Snow and Mist (Caprice in Yellow Minor) is among the stunning works by John Atkinson Grimshaw which are on display at Leeds City Museum as part of For All Seasons.

The artist, who was born and raised in Leeds, painted the captivating scene in 1892-93. Like many of Grimshaw’s paintings, it uses colour and lighting, vivid detail and realism, and captures the mood of a particular season or type of weather.

Ruth Martin, Leeds City Museum’s curator of exhibitions, said: “Looking at this painting, it’s almost impossible not to think of being outside on a cold, snowy day and like much of Grimshaw’s work, it evokes the thoughts, feeling and sensations associated with a particular season.

“The changing seasons have been an inspiration for so many of our most celebrated artists, which demonstrates their unique power to govern our emotions and memories. We’re very fortunate to have these beautiful paintings on display to help us illustrate how the seasons make us feel and how important they are to our lives.”

For All Seasons, which explores how the changing seasons shape the world, runs until August 28. As well as Grimshaw’s paintings, other objects on display illustrate spring, summer, autumn and winter alongside imaginative centrepieces including a giant sandcastle and hook-a-duck pond. Other exhibits include wildlife, 100 year-old decorative Easter eggs, delicate ceramics and historic seasonal fashions.

For more details about the free exhibition and programme of activities, please visit: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Seasons.aspx.

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