Richard Parkes Bonington

French Coast with Fishermen

c.1825

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 643 x 967 mm
frame: 826 x 1155 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and Tate Members 2004
Reference
T11900

Display caption

Dyce visited Italy in the late 1820s. While there he became aware of the art of the Nazarenes, a group of German painters. They were inspired by 15th-century religious painting, and set out to create an art for their own times which possessed the same moral purpose. This picture, modelled on Raphael’s ‘Madonna and Child’ subjects of the early 1500s is quite uncharacteristic of English art of the 1830s. In this sort of picture, Dyce emerges as a precursor of the Pre-Raphaelites. As a senior Royal Academician he was an important supporter of their aim to renew English art.

Gallery label, September 2016

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