Sir John Everett Millais, Bt

Flowing to the River


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In Tate Britain
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt 1829–1896
Oil paint on canvas
Unconfirmed: 1397 x 1880 mm
Lent from a private collection 1995
On long term loan

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When he was in his forties, Millais started to paint pure landscapes, developing the ‘impressionist’ manner of Constable and Turner into a distinct personal idiom. His landscapes differ in style and content to his earlier Pre-Raphaelite work, being atmospheric and poetic rather than narrative. Millais’s friend and fellow painter, William Blake Richmond, wrote ‘Even in his landscapes I think I can always detect a kind of human sentiment pervading, a mood of Nature akin to a human mood which prompted them’.

Gallery label, November 2016

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