Nineteenth century painting movement characterized by scenes of rural life painted in a realist, often sentimentalised, manner

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  • Sir George Clausen, 'Brown Eyes' 1891

    Sir George Clausen
    Brown Eyes 1891
    Oil on canvas
    support: 559 x 413 mm frame: 850 x 700 x 120 mm
    Presented by C.N. Luxmoore 1929 Tate

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  • Henry Herbert La Thangue, 'The Man with the Scythe' exhibited 1896

    Henry Herbert La Thangue
    The Man with the Scythe exhibited 1896
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1676 x 1664 mm frame: 1990 x 1975 x 165 mm
    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1896

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  • Edward Stott, 'Changing Pastures' 1893

    Edward Stott
    Changing Pastures 1893
    Oil on canvas
    support: 705 x 876 mm frame: 1037 x 1210 x 107 mm
    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1922

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The tendency to sentimentalism of the rural naturalist artists distinguishes their work from the more gritty realist work of the nineteenth century, as produced by Gustave Courbet and his followers.

In Britain, rural naturalism is exemplified by the Newlyn School painting and the work of artists such as George Clausen, Henry Herbert La Thangue and Edward Stott.