Sir Arnesby Brown

The Line of the Plough

exhibited 1919

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 635 x 762 mm
frame: 940 x 1055 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1919
Reference
N03448

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Sir Arnesby Brown was a Royal Academician who deliberately resisted Modernist influences, and a landscape painter known for his views of East Anglia.

This painting was exhibited in 1919, the year after the end of the First World War. Like other artists of this post-war moment (including Stanley Spencer), Brown enfolds the sweeping movement of the plough into the perspectives of the landscape. This suggests a harmonious integration that may have been particularly appreciated in contrast to the shattered landscapes of the war in France and Belgium.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

N03448 THE LINE OF THE PLOUGH c. 1919
 
Inscr. ‘Arnesby Brown’ b.l.
Canvas, 25×30 (63×76).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1919.
Exh: R.A., 1919 (34); Norwich, July–September 1935 (8); Norwich, July–August 1959 (10).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1919, p.82; W. T. Whitley, The Art Collections of the Nation (Studio Special Number), 1920, p.111 (in colour).

Painted at Blakeney, Norfolk.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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