In 1905 Park entered The Académie Colarossi in Paris where he studied under Auguste Delecluse. In his impression of an early morning at St Ives harbour we can see the influence of the French impressionists and post-impressionists that Park was exposed to.
Sven Berlin rated John Anthony Park as one of the best of English colourists and unsurpassed as a painter of light: “He painted like an angel – simply cathedrals of light.” Morning Light is a fine example of what Berlin was describing. Light bounces of the harbour’s gentle ripple as the St Ives fishing fleet rests below a carefully observed Smeaton Pier. The golden sands of Porthminster Beach can be seen in the background and above that, Porthminster Point and the headlands beyond bathed in the early morning light. The brushwork in the water is stippled, almost pointillist.