A fine example of Park’s impressionist renderings of St Ives harbour and boats. A large sailing trawler with its distinctive red canvas mainsail already hoisted sails out of the harbour. A dockside crane in the background is a poignant reminder of St Ives rather different past during the era of the Hain Steamship Company. What is particularly striking about the painting are Park’s bold, clean brush strokes of colour with no attempt to blend them on the canvas; in fact considerable effort had to be made to prevent contamination of the brush from the canvas or palette.
Park is acknowledged as one of the best of English colourists and unsurpassed as a painter of light. The artist was a link between the traditional St Ives school of painters led by Julius Olsson and the emerging modernists such as Peter Lanyon. His impressionist style harks back to his Parisian training but was acknowledged by many of the new modernists to single him out as the most advanced of the traditional school of painters.