Matthew Ridley Corbet

Val d’Arno: Evening

exhibited 1901

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Matthew Ridley Corbet 1850–1902
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 908 x 2089 mm
frame: 1243 x 2436 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1901
Reference
N01899

Display caption

Lincolnshire born Corbet studied at the newly opened Slade School of Art and later at the Royal Academy Schools where he was taught by Frederic Leighton. In 1880 he went to Italy for three years where he studied under Giovanni Costa in Rome. This painting shows the influence of Costa’s ‘Etruscan’ style of composition with its long horizontal format, simplified form and use of colour and tone to evoke the fall of light.

Gallery label, November 2016

Catalogue entry

N01899 VAL D'ARNO: EVENING 1901
 
Inscr. ‘M. R. Corbet’ b.r.
Canvas, 35 3/4×82 1/4 (91×209).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1901.
Exh: R.A., 1901 (863).
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1901, p.68; Magazine of Art, 1902, p.237.

This view of the valley of the River Arno is taken from the terrace of the Villa Tolomei beyond Bellosguardo, south of Florence. The village on the left is Soffiano, with Signa just visible in the distance. Farther away the blue mountains near Pisa rise from the plain, and the peaks of the Carrara are seen against the red after-glow.

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