Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Henry Scott Tuke






[The Sun-bather]
signed and dated 'Tuke.1911.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
18 1/2 x 26 in.
Price Realized £57,600
http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=salesummary&pos=3&intObjectID=4826989&sid=069e7a5c-1b80-4e19-a40a-23175dcc26a3


[Portrait of Johnny Jackett]
oil on canvas
15 1/8 x 12 in.
Price Realized £19,200
http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=salesummary&pos=4&intObjectID=4826990&sid=069e7a5c-1b80-4e19-a40a-23175dcc26a3

2 comments:

Hels said...

Damn. I had a theory about naked young athletic men romping on the beach - largely that it was a German passion in the late Victorian and Edwardian times. Given Tuke's paintings, I had to go back and add a modification to my original thinking :)

Thanks for the link
http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/2009/11/19th-century-amusement-centres-healthy.html

Hermes said...

Tuke has become a Gay icon in this country and I was peripherally involved (though not personally gay) protesting when an exhibition of his remarkable work was banned in Cornwall through protests from Christian groups. I can't think of any other painter like him in Victorian Britain so your theory may still be right.