George Barret Junior
Composition: Sunset c.1825–30

Artwork details

Composition: Sunset
Date c.1825–30
Medium Watercolour and gum arabic on paper
Dimensions Support: 222 x 183 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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George Barret the younger was a founder member of the Society of Painters in Watercolour. His landscape watercolours were strongly influenced by the idealised compositions of the seventeenth-century artist Claude Lorraine. Exhibited under generalised titles such as 'Twilight' or 'Sunset', Barret's landscapes were executed in a range of warm colours based predominantly on browns and reds. Members of the Society of Painters in Watercolour were keen to emulate the depth of colour and richness of tone found in oil paintings. Their increased density of colouring resulted in a greater proportion of the paper's white surface being obscured. They then had to resort to devices like sponging or scraping to create highlights.

September 2004