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The paintings of Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright (September 3, 1734 - August 29, 1797), known to the world as the "Wright of Derby" has been acclaimed as "the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution". Wright is notable for his use of light and shade to give dramatic effect to his paintings of candle-lit subjects. His adeptness to this art of chiaroscuro is displayed in these brilliant following works.

 

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An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768)


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A Philosopher giving that Lecture on the Orrery, in which a Lamp is put in place of the Sun (1766)


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The Alchymist, In Search of the Philosopher’s Stone (1771)


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The Forge (1772)


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Two Boys Blowing A Bladder By Candlelight (1770)


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Three Persons Viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight (1765)


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Academy by Lamplight (1768-69)


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Cave at evening (1774)


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A self portrait by Joseph Wright (1780)

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