Henry Scott Tuke
August Blue 1893–4

Artwork details

Artist
Henry Scott Tuke 1858–1929
Title
August Blue
Date 1893–4
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1219 x 1829 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1894
Reference
N01613
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

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Tuke studied the tradition of the nude in Italy, but interpreted it with a modern impressionist style and everyday subjects. He moved to Cornwall and helped found the Newlyn School. This is one of many pictures Tuke painted of boys bathing around Falmouth Harbour; an activity that was common at this time. Tuke idealises the scene, however, with the poetic title (from Algernon Swinburne’s poem ‘The Sundew’ 1866), reflecting the beautiful colour that dominates the composition.

February 2016