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After the Bathe, Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)

After the Bathe, Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)


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After the Bathe, Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)

Oil on canvas, Newlyn School, late 19th century / early 20th century. Portrait of a nude adolescent boy drying himself with towel. Henry Scott Tuke was born into a Quaker family in Lawrence Street, York. In 1859 the family moved to Falmouth, where his father Daniel Tuke, a physician, established a practice. Tuke was encouraged to draw and paint from an early age and some of his earliest drawings, aged four or five years old, were published in 1895. In 1875, he enrolled in the Slade School of Art. 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 to 1883 he was in Paris where he met the artist Jules Bastien-Lepage, who encouraged him to paint en plein air (in the open air) a method of working that came to dominate his practice. 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. In 1885, he returned to Falmouth where many of his major works were produced. He became an established artist and was elected to full membership of the Royal Academy in 1914. 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. He was a prolific artist, over 1, 300 works are listed and more are still being discovered

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TRURI : 1977.34.122

Media ID 18975852

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Artist Artwork Beach Black Blue Brown Grey Portrait Rocks Sand Swimming Yellow Bather Flesh Skin Swim Swimmer


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After the Bathe

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is a captivating oil painting by Henry Scott Tuke, a prominent artist of the late 19th and early 20th century. The artwork depicts a nude adolescent boy drying himself with a towel, capturing an intimate moment frozen in time. Born into a Quaker family in York, Tuke's passion for drawing and painting was nurtured from an early age. His talent led him to enroll at the prestigious Slade School of Art in London, where he honed his skills under renowned artists. Inspired by the French artist Jules Bastien-Lepage, Tuke embraced plein air painting, which became his signature style. Tuke eventually settled in Newlyn, Cornwall, joining the vibrant artistic community known as the Newlyn School. He gained recognition for his evocative maritime paintings and portraits of young men. His work caught the attention of art enthusiasts when exhibited at London's Royal Academy of Art. Beyond his artistic achievements, Tuke was also known for his generosity towards those who had modeled for him during their youth. In his will, he left substantial sums to these individuals who had played significant roles in shaping his artistry. Today, "After the Bathe" stands as one among over 1,300 listed works by Henry Scott Tuke—a testament to his prolific career that continues to captivate audiences worldwide with its beauty and emotional depth.

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