A late landscape by John Everett Millais acquired by the Tate Britain

John Everett Millais (1829-1896)
Dew-Drenched Furze, 1890
Oil on canvas - 170.2 x 121.9 cm
London, Tate Britain
Photo : Tate Britain

29/3/09 – Acquisition – London, Tate Britain – Exhibited during the recent Millais exposition, a landscape by this artist has just been donated to the Tate Gallery by his great-grand-son. The painting had been bought back by the painter’s family a few years ago.
In the article devoted to this retrospective, Stéphane Guégan said about these late landscapes : “these paintings, we must admit, produce only the unpleasant and sad impression of the void which they attempt to ward off”. Without being as severe, there is no doubt that this type of work leaves the viewer with mixed feelings. This art is far from Pre-Raphaelism and more in keeping with a truly Symbolist vein whose colours evoke, coincidentally, the contemporary works of the Belgian artist Jean Delville.

The location depicted in the painting is in Scotland, in Perthshire, where the artist spent a few months every year. There are twenty-one large landscapes known to be by Everett Millais of the region. Although the Tate Gallery holds at least sixty canvases by Millais, it owned only one other landscape until now.

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 29 mars 2009

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