John William North

The Winter Sun

exhibited 1891

In Tate Britain

Artist
John William North 1841–1924
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 667 x 984 mm
frame: 1040 x 1355 x 126 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1891
Reference
N01607

Display caption

North was known for his pictures of tangled vegetation painted in subdued shades of brown and orange. Here, a figure is hidden in the dense undergrowth on the right, fanning a fire with a blanket. Smoke rises from the ground behind the figure. North was connected to a group of artists known as the Idyllists. Their paintings depicted idealised rural landscapes. They felt the countryside could provide peace, comfort and a spiritual connection, at a time when rural England was being rapidly industrialised. North opposed the enclosure of common lands and campaigned for rural sanitation and social housing.

Gallery label, November 2019

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