Edward Stott Changing Pastures 1893

Artwork details

Edward Stott 1859–1918
Changing Pastures
Date 1893
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 705 x 876 mm
frame: 1040 x 1205 x 110 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1922
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

Display caption

French rural naturalism inspired artists across Europe during the 1880s. It embraced both a technique and a range of subjects, and encouraged a sober and humble appreciation of the people who worked on the land. Some artists were most concerned with details of costumes and agriculture, while others, like Edward Stott, sought to go on from the subject to imply abstract notions of seasons and ages. The design of this painting is based on a network of right angles, and suggests in turn that there is nothing casual about the work of the cowherd.
Stott lived at Amberley in Sussex, and the view may be based on that area, although he did not work directly from nature.

September 2004

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