GREAT ART - Henry Scott Tuke

Henry Scott Tuke, RA RWS (12 June 1858–13 March 1929), was a British artist.
His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, and he is probably best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men.
                                                            He was born into a Quaker family in Lawrence Street in York.
He was the second son of Daniel Hack Tuke (1827–1895) and Maria Strickney (1826–1917).
In 1875, Tuke enrolled in the Slade School of Art under Alphonse Legros and Sir Edward Poynter.
Initially his father paid for his tuition but in 1877 Tuke won a scholarship, which allowed him to continue his training at the Slade and in Italy in 1880.
From 1881–1883 he was in Paris where he met Jules Bastien-Lepage, who encouraged him to paint en plein air.
While studying in France, Tuke decided to move to Newlyn Cornwall where many of his Slade and Parisian friends had already formed the Newlyn School of painters.
He received several lucrative commissions there, after exhibiting his work at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Tuke suffered a heart attack in 1928 and died in March, 1929.
In his will he left generous amounts of money to some of the men who, as boys, had been his models.
Today he is remembered mainly for his oil paintings of young men, but in addition to his achievements as a figurative painter, he was an established maritime artist and produced as many portraits of sailing ships as he did human figures.
Tuke was a prolific artist—over 1,300 works are listed and more are still being discovered.

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1929

Henry Scott Tuke RA, RWS - 1858–1


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful paintings. The boys are nude but there is nothing overtly sexual. There is an innocence reflecting a bygone era that is especially charming