Sir Arnesby Brown
The Line of the Plough exhibited 1919

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Sir Arnesby Brown 1866–1955
The Line of the Plough
Date Exhibited 1919
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 635 x 762 mm
frame: 940 x 1055 x 117 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1919
Not on display

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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.

September 2004

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