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Watson and the Shark, Oil On Canvas by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815, United States)

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"Watson and the Shark"

John Singleton Copley - Oil On Canvas - 182 x 230 cm - 1778 - (National Gallery of Art (Washington, United States))

Copley and Brook Watson became friends after the American artist arrived in London in 1774. Watson commissioned him to create a painting of the 1749 event, and Copley produced three versions. It was the first of a series of large-scale historical paintings that Copley would concentrate on after settling in London. The painting is romanticised: the gory detail of the injury is hidden beneath the waves, though there is a hint of blood in the water. The figure of Watson is based on the statue of the "Borghese Gladiator", by Agasias of Ephesus, in the Louvre. Other apparent influences are Renaissance art, and the ancient statue of Laocoön and his Sons, which Copley may have seen in Rome. Copley was probably also influenced by Benjamin West's The Death of General Wolfe, and the growing popularity of romantic painting.
The composition of the rescuers in the boat shows hints of Peter Paul Rubens's Jonah Thrown into the Sea, and both Rubens's Miraculous Draught of Fishes and Raphael's painting of the same name. The facial expressions show a marked resemblance to those in Charles Le Brun's Conférence de M. Le Brun sur l'expression générale et particulière, an influential work published in 1698
they portray a range of emotions, from fear to courage. Various elements of composition were changed as the painting progressed. Infrared analysis shows that the old boatswain was originally a young man, and preliminary sketches reveal that the black sailor at the rear of the boat, who also appears as the subject of Copley's Head of a Negro painted around the same time, was originally envisioned as a white man with long, flowing hair.



 
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John Singleton Copley (1738 - 1815) était un peintre américain, né vraisemblablement à Boston, Massachusetts, et un fils de Richard et Mary Singleton Copley, deux irlandais. Il est célèbre pour ses portraits de personnages importants dans la colonie de la Nouvelle-Angleterre, illustrant notamment les sujets de la classe moyenne. Ses peintures ont é...
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John Singleton Copley (1738 - 1815) war ein amerikanischer Maler, vermutlich in Boston, Massachusetts, geboren und ein Sohn von Richard und Maria Singleton Copley, die beiden irischen. Er ist berühmt für seine Porträts von bedeutenden Persönlichkeiten der kolonialen Neuengland, Darstellung insbesondere Mittelklasse-Themen. Seine Bilder waren innova...
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John Singleton Copley (1738 - 1815) è stato un pittore americano, nato presumibilmente a Boston, Massachusetts, e un figlio di Richard e Maria Singleton Copley, entrambi irlandesi. Egli è famoso per i suoi ritratti di figure importanti della New England coloniale, che raffigurano in particolare i soggetti di classe media. I suoi dipinti sono state ...
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Джон Синглтон Копли (англ. John Singleton Copley 3 июля 1738, Бостон — 9 сентября 1815, Лондон) — американский и английский художник XVIII века, мастер портретной и исторической живописи. Родился в Бостоне. Его отчим сам был художником, и в дальнейшем помогал своему пасынку советами. Однако в основном свой художественный талант Копли оттачивал сам...
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John Singleton Copley (Boston ?, 1738 - Londres, 9 de setembro de 1815) foi um destacado pintor dos Estados Unidos, também ativo na Inglaterra. Era filho dos comerciantes irlandeses Richard e Mary Singleton Copley. A tradição afirma que foi um talento precoce, mas nada se sabe com certeza de seus primeiros anos, nem de sua primeira educação em arte...
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Copley and Brook Watson became friends after the American artist arrived in London in 1774. Watson commissioned him to create a painting of the 1749 event, and Copley produced three versions. It was the first of a series of large-scale historical paintings that Copley would concentrate on after settling in London. The painting is romanticised: the gory detail of the injury is hidden beneath the waves, though there is a hint of blood in the water. The figure of Watson is based on the statue of the "Borghese Gladiator", by Agasias of Ephesus, in the Louvre. Other apparent influences are Renaissance art, and the ancient statue of Laocoön and his Sons, which Copley may have seen in Rome. Copley was probably also influenced by Benjamin West's The Death of General Wolfe, and the growing popularity of romantic painting. The composition of the rescuers in the boat shows hints of Peter Paul Rubens's Jonah Thrown into the Sea, and both Rubens's Miraculous Draught of Fishes and Raphael's painting of the same name. The facial expressions show a marked resemblance to those in Charles Le Brun's Conférence de M. Le Brun sur l'expression générale et particulière, an influential work published in 1698; they portray a range of emotions, from fear to courage. Various elements of composition were changed as the painting progressed. Infrared analysis shows that the old boatswain was originally a young man, and preliminary sketches reveal that the black sailor at the rear of the boat, who also appears as the subject of Copley's Head of a Negro painted around the same time, was originally envisioned as a white man with long, flowing hair.
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