|Abstract||Fid Harnack (Society of Marine Artists) lived here and many people must be grateful to him for
being able to take some scene of Mersea to hang in their homes. The
following extract from "La Revue Moderne" will give you some idea of his
The La Revue Moderne extract is on painters exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1954 and has been translated.
Fid Harnack S.M.A.
The 'sailor - painter' who, with his love of the sea, is one of the most outstanding of present day English painters. His standards do not permit him to be insincere. Harnack loves nature too much to translate it into the grotesque language of artistic extremists. The traditional classic
methods are sufficient for him. In the country of Turner, Bonington and Constable one need have
no shame of being simple and sincere. His direct, sure style approaches the sound impressionism of
the old school from which so many masterpieces have blossomed in the past, and which has never ceased
to be the vehicle for a sincere talent and a heartfelt, steady enthusiasm. His 'Essex Creek' of
this year's Royal Academy is eloquent on this point.
Fid Harnack is among those whose life is a witness that the painter can be worthy of ......
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