Richard Parkes Bonington
French Coast with Fishermen c.1825

Artwork details

French Coast with Fishermen
Date c.1825
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 643 x 967 mm
frame: 826 x 1155 x 110 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and Tate Members 2004
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1810

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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.

September 2016

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