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February in the Isle of Wight

John Brett

February in the Isle of Wight
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 26cm


With its bright, sharp colours and intense detail, this watercolour typifies the Pre-Raphaelite approach to landscape. As a student Brett had been deeply affected by the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and by the writings of John Ruskin, who had urged artists to 'go to Nature in all singleness of heart, ...rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing'. After Brett exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1858, Ruskin championed his work.

Image Details

460mm x 354mm
Watercolour, bodycolour and gum on paper.
Presented by Herbert Martin, 1919.
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