Ford Madox BrownThe Hayfield 1855-6

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Artist
Ford Madox Brown (1821‑1893)
Title
The Hayfield
Date 1855-6
MediumOil paint on mahogany
Dimensionssupport: 241 x 333 mm frame: 410 x 498 x 50 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Reference
T01920
On loan to Palazzo Chiablese (Turin, Italy)

Summary


In keeping with the Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic of 'truth to nature', much of this landscape was painted entirely on the spot. It offers a twilight view, looking east across rolling green fields on the Tenterden estate at Hendon in Middlesex. To the left of the picture, a farmer on horseback addresses the haymakers, who have almost completed the day's work. Another farm worker tends the horses, while a group of children await a lift home in the haycart. In the left foreground the artist himself rests against a small haystack, his equipment scattered about him. A full moon has just risen, and the setting sun strikes a distant house on its west side… (read more)

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