Before working in the pastels for which he is renowned, Bob Richardson used oils, and this is an early work that was featured in a 1970 exhibition at the Brunner Library Northwich. A review of the show in the Northwich Chronicle said of this painting: “The pale gray-green Edale Valley, so deceptively simple except that he has grasped the way hill and valley fit together, the flat alluvial soil in the valley centre, and the way the farmhouse fits squarely on it. The foreground rises gently towards you – one of the most difficult things to convey in painting.”
Edale is a small village at one end of the UK’s most famous and arguably most beautiful long distance walking path – The Pennine Way. The sense of complete freedom can be read in every one of Richardson’s brushstrokes.
As with all of Richardson’s paintings the atmosphere from within the work escapes out of the canvas and envelopes the viewer, encompassing their sight, thoughts and memories.
This is a timeless work that brings to the forefront of peoples’ minds their happiest experiences.