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Henry Scott Tuke

Henry Scott Tuke

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84 Discovered works of art  •  ID: #2378
Henry Scott Tuke was an English painter and photographer. He was born into a well-known family of social activists. His father Daniel was a prominent physician and psychiatrist and one of the first to advocate the humane treatment of the mentally ill.

Tuke was a very prolific artist; more than 1,300 works by him are known. He probably best known for his portrayals of naked boys and young men, but he has also dealt with, for example, the marine painting and painted a number of famous shipping portraits.

In 1875, Tuke enrolled in the Slade School of Art in London, where he studied with Alphonse Legros and Edward Poynter , among others. A scholarship enabled him to continue his studies until 1880 in the Slade and in Italy. His first pictures of naked young men were made in Italy, but these were not yet a central theme of his painting. In 1881 he moved to Paris. There he became friends with the American painter John Singer Sargent , but also with the Frenchman Jules Bastien-Lepage , who encouraged him to work not only in the studio, but increasingly in the open air. Tuke decided to return to England, where several former friends and fellow students founded a colony of artists called the Newlyn School. In Newlyn his first pictures of naked boys came into boats. He stayed there until 1885, when he moved back to Falmouth, where he grew up. Falmouth had a pleasant nude bathing climate that Tuke loved. There, many of his most famous paintings were created. Tuke bought a boat and turned it into a floating studio. In the 1890s, Tuke gave up putting his record in a mythological setting, he now began to paint naked teenagers in everyday scenes of swimming and fishing. Tuke became a respected and wealthy painter and in 1914 even elected to the Royal Academy. At the age of 70, Tuke suffered a heart attack and died a year later, in 1929. In his will, he passed generous sums to the men he had painted as children and adolescents. Many of these models are known by name, almost all were drafted at the beginning of the First World War, and some did not return.

After his death Tuke fell into oblivion. Only in the seventies he was rediscovered by a first generation of openly gay artists and art collectors. © Meisterdrucke


Noonday heat
1902 | Oil on canvas

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Noonday heat
1902 | Oil on canvas

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'August Blue', 1896
1896 | watercolour and pencil on paper

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'August Blue', 1896
1896 | watercolour and pencil on paper

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1896 | watercolour on paper

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1896 | watercolour on paper

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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Undated | Oil on cardboard

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St. Tropez, 1927
1927 | watercolour on paper

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St. Tropez, 1927
1927 | watercolour on paper

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Undated | watercolour on paper

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1924 | watercolour on paper

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1924 | watercolour on paper

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