Naturalism

The objective of Naturalism in painting is to depict realistic objects in a natural setting, including people going about their everyday lives and activities, without any addition or any supernatural elements.

Tangier | Sir John Lavery | 1919 | Private Collection | PD

John Lavery demonstrates naturalism in this painting of the beach in Tangier, Morocco.

Lavery was quite taken with the city of Tangier and spent many winters there in the first decade of the 20th Century, walking the cliffs surrounding the city and painting the view as he saw it.  

Everything as observed: the wide expanse of sea and its many shades of blue and green, bright sand and groups of locals peddling their wares.

Children and Rabbits | Walter Osborne | c1886 | Private Collection, courtesy Pyms Gallery, London | NC-NoC

Naturalism is also apparent in Walter Osborne’s Children and Rabbits (previously exhibited as A Garden Party and Spoilt Pets) the painting shows two young children feeding pet rabbits.

Osborne attempts to capture as much realistic detail of the scene; from the dirt on the young girl’s dress to the texture of the thatched roof, even the bark on the silver birch tree is almost life like.

Osborne does not insert anything into the painting that was not actually present, there is no interpretation or embellishment, just a record of the scene.

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