Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts | Licence: CC0 1.0
Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts | Licence: CC0 1.0

Bonchurch Downs

1865

John Brett

From the collection

Title

Bonchurch Downs

Date

1865

Artist

Description

Precise natural details convey a dreamlike stillness in this Isle of Wight landscape. A sharply canted section of coastal down allows Brett to contrast purplish-gray rocks with pale grass and rusty winter foliage, as dappled touches of brilliant color describe a patch of distant sea. Wandering cows and a signal mast silhouetted against the sky suggest an unseen human presence. Brett’s early career had been molded by the leading critic John Ruskin, who acted as his mentor until a scientific argument caused a rift in 1865. Painted shortly after their parting, Bonchurch Downs still honors Ruskin’s famous advice that artists should "go to Nature in all singleness of heart . . . rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing.". Medium: watercolor.
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Location

Ventnor Downs, Isle of Wight, England

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Pinpoint

Medium

Credits

Image Credit

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