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Thomas Rose Miles
'Clew Bay Connemara' original oil painting, seascape with sailboat, waves, gulls

ca. 1890

$10,000

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The present work is a quintessential example of the seascapes and landscapes of Thomas Rose Miles. 'Clew Bay, Connemara' shows small human figures struggling against the might of nature: To the left, two figures raise a tattered sail on a small boat, fighting against the rolling waves. On the craggy cliffs to the right, another figure climbs among the grass as seagulls glide above the gravely beach. Figures such as these are what art historians call 'staffage,' and they serve to give the landscape a sense of scale as well as to infer the inferiority of mankind in comparison with its sublime power. This particular landscape takes a view of Clew Bay, on the west coast of Ireland. Thomas Rose Miles painted several views from the Connemara region, often exhibiting them with artist societies of the period. 20 x 30 inches, canvas 29.25 x 39.25 inches, frame Signed lower left Framed in a late 19th or early 20th century gold-finish frame with Art Nouveau designs. Painting in good restored condition: recently cleaned and lined; yellow varnish remains over signature, lower left; dent in canvas, upper right; frame in good unrestored condition. The grandeur of the oceans has always inspired artistic endeavors. Over, under and upon the boundless seas, dramatic vignettes take shape, and humans set to capture the array of the aquatic muse. Thomas Rose Miles was one such inspired artist, to illustrated the strength of his muse, who wrote poetic verse on the verso of nearly every painting he performed. The sea's beauty is most often shown in direct competition with its power and unpredictable nature on his canvases and watercolors. He includes the human element, usually over-matched yet persevering against the heavy swells and weather-driven might, carrying on the Marine Art Legacy that was birthed in the best of the Dutch Maritime Art Tradition. Working in London, Miles performed an occasional landscape, but his stormy seas and turbulent waters time and again found places of exhibition in the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Hiberian Society, and Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery in the English capital city. It is recorded that he had a popular following amongst the working men of the ports, since his lively depictions were often of their bravery in the face of the challenge

Details

  • Artist
    Thomas Rose Miles (1844 - 1916, British)
  • Creation Year
    ca. 1890
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.25 in. (74.3 cm)Width: 39.25 in. (99.7 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Framing
    Framing Options Available
  • Condition
    Painting in good restored condition: recently cleaned and lined; yellow varnish remains over signature, lower left; dent in canvas, upper right; frame in good unrestored condition.
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 12585c1stDibs: LU60536571062

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