Richard Parkes Bonington French Coast with Fishermen c.1825

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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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Born in Nottingham, Bonington moved to France with his parents in 1817 and trained as a painter in the Paris studio of Baron Gros. A friend of Eugène Delacroix whom he accompanied to London in 1825, he was an important bridge between British and French painters of the Romantic generation emerging after the Napoleonic Wars. This luminous scene on the Normandy coast was almost certainly exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1824, when Bonington created a sensation and won a gold medal. Shown in London in 1826 it was praised for its 'Sunshine, perspective, vigour' and 'fine sense of beauty'.

October 2013

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