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Johan Barthold Jongkind, River Scene

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Full title River Scene
Artist Johan Barthold Jongkind
Artist dates 1819 - 1891
Date made 1860-80
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 52.1 × 80 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Hans Velten to the Tate Gallery, 1931; transferred, 1956
Inventory number NG4583
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
River Scene
Johan Barthold Jongkind

A solitary man stands in a boat on a river in a rural landscape. The sun has just set, leaving a warm glow and a tranquil atmosphere. The small boats on the riverbank and the ship in the distance suggest the bustle of activity that had taken place on the river earlier in the day. A large ship was originally depicted on the right; it may have been part of a previous picture that the artist then painted over.

The location of the scene has not been identified. Johan Barthold Jongkind was born in Holland, but spend most of his working life in Paris. This picture was probably made in a period when Jongkind was producing paintings of both his native country and his adoptive city.

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