Friday, June 14, 2013

Who painted this? #31?

Who painted this? #31
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This is an epic painting of a normal activity associated with the UK summer - a day on the beach (wrapped up warm!)

I've taken to lamenting of late how few painters these days tackle the big group scene.  So I was particularly pleased when I came across this painting!

All you have to do is work out where it is and then you should get the painter and the rest of the details that I ask for.  Don't forget to right click the pic to see a larger version.

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In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer
  • search using words only on a database of images
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer
  • if wrong it will be published
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  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know

Who Painted This #30 - The Answer


"A Summer Day" by John Sell Cotman
  • Title of the artworkA Summer Day
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: John Sell Cotman, 1782-1842, British
  • Date it was created: 1827 to 1837
  • Media used: Watercolor and graphite on Medium, moderately textured, cream wove paper; Sheet: 12 1/2 x 18 3/8 inches (31.8 x 46.7 cm)
  • Where it lives now: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection (B1977.14.4104)
I thought this was a rather lovely painting - which is very likely to have been painted in Cotman's studio.  It came as something of a shock to me to learn that in fact he rarely painted plein air when I visited the Cotman exhibition in Ocrtober last year - see Review: Cotman in Normandy - at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  He almost always painted in the studio - from sketchbook observations.
John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) was a leading member of the Norwich school of Artists - which was the first provincial art movement in the UK...... he was very much influenced by Thomas Girtin and joined a sketching club founded by Girtin.
However...
I went through the whole introduction at the preview by the Curator yesterday without once realising that not one single drawing or painting in the exhibition was produced by Cotman 'on site' while working 'plein air'. I also only found that out when I asked where his sketchbooks were. Apparently there are no sketchbooks or any original drawings. All the works in existence are studio works made from the original drawings.
He was painting during what is known as the "golden age of English watercolour painting"

Who guessed correct?

Barbara Jackson (Painting with Pencil) was the first person to get all the details correct. Looks like she used a gradual process for working her way through the challenge.

sonyartchasey was the first person to get the painter;'s name but didn't follow through with the rest of the details

Others who got it correct are: