Chimneys Old St George’s

Norman I. Black

American, 1883 – 1949

Oil on canvas

c.1910

Collection of Bermuda National Gallery. Gift of David L. White, OBE.

Norman I. Black lived in New York, and at Cliff Island, Maine, but frequented Bermuda during the winters with his wife Marguerite E. Black, also an artist.  A prolific painter, Black had a studio at Mount Langton in Pembroke and exhibited regularly at the Hamilton Hotel in Bermuda during the winter season.  

His painting has a Tonalist quality; using a limited palette, Black evoked a mood through the use of soft, atmospheric light and intimate themes. This peaceful scene of locals strolling down a narrow lane is representative of the ‘unhurried air’ which characterised Black’s paintings.

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