Henry Scott Tuke Edited by Cicely Robinson
Scott Tuke (1858-1929) is an interesting artistic anomaly; famed for both his depictions of sun, sea and sailing but also for his plein-air paintings of young naked men. This book features essays from leading authorities on Victoria and Edwardian art and questions the challenging issues that arise out of his portrayal of adolescent male nudes.
During his lifetime Tuke was a successful artist and was part of various Cornish painting movements including the Newlyn school, he was also part of the London art scene at the same time. His skill lay in the combination of plein-airisme and skill at academic life drawing and his ability to depict seaside sunlight, particularly as it hits flesh is remarkable. Tuke’s work fell from favour in the aftermath of two wars, when, understandably depictions of timeless beauty and youthful innocence lost their currency. The revival of interest in his work took place from the early 1990s, in part owing to the growth in cultural studies and an understanding of queer history.
Hardback. 159 pages
22.4cm x 27.6cm x 1.9cm