Cattle Watering

by Algernoon Talmage

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 30.0 x 40.0 in./ 76.20 x 101.60 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 4481 Categories: ,

Cattle Watering transports the viewer into a country idyl where we see a herd of cattle drinking from the river in their meadow. This wistful pastoral scene demonstrates Talmage’s characteristic ability to capture light; the warm sunlight reflects off the still surface of the river, and the lush greenery, making the painting sing with a sense of summer. The visible strokes of bright colour are reminiscent of the Impressionists, and conveen to draw the viewer’s eye into the patch of shade where the cattle stand.

This work makes evident Talmage’s passion for en-plein air painting; its accuracy seems unlikely that he could have made this piece anywhere but in-situ. The evidence of a light breeze can be seen in the thick brushstrokes of the trees, while the hazy background conveys the sleepiness of a hot summer’s day in the English countryside.

Provenance

Private Collection, United Kingdom

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Biography

The son of an Oxfordshire clergyman, Algernon Talmage was born in 1871. He studied under Sir Hubert von Herkomer at Bushey and then in St. Ives, where he was to open his own studio-cum-art school in 1900, which was known as ‘The Cabin’ and was located on Westcotts Quay, St Ives. His best known student was Emily Carr, the well-known post-Impressionist painter and writer.

Talmage returned to London in 1907 and had his first solo exhibtion at the Goupil Gallery in 1909. An extremely versatile and accomplished artist, Talmage joined Augustus John as an Official War Artist for the Canadian Government in World War One, was prominent in the etching boom of the lates 1920s and also excelled as a portraitist.

Talmage has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and has had several gallery and museum exhibitions.