George Barret Senior River Scene with Watermill, Figures and Cows date not known

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George Barret Senior 1728 or 32–1784
River Scene with Watermill, Figures and Cows
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 997 x 1248 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alan Evans 1974
Not on display

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This painting shows an idealised landscape. The Irish painter, George Barret, made up his views from stock motifs such as cottages, watermills, peasants and cattle.They may seem artificial now but in their time these landscapes were appreciated for their naturalness. Contemporary art theory said that painting should represent a higher form of reality in which the ugliness and disorder of the real world were suppressed, in favour of aesthetic harmony. Barret’s pictures embodied this idea and he became one of the most successful landscape artists working in London in the 1760s and 1770s.

May 2007

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