Henry Scott Tuke – Homoerotic Paintings

It is a great pleasure to present fourteen homoerotic paintings by a classic gay artist Henry Scott Tuke.

Son of a doctor, Tuke spent most of his life in Falmouth, Cornwall. In 1875 he enrolled at the Slade School of Art. Winning a sholarship that allowed him to study further in Italy and France. He developed an impressionistic style. Later he became a popular painter of seascapes, portraits and one of the foremost maritime artists.

By the time of his death at the age of 70 in 1929 he was not considered a collectible artist. His latterday fame rests with his idyllic paintings of adolescent boys bathing in the beautiful light and clear water of Cornish summers. Cherished by a large gay audience his work fetches high prices. For those interested in his life and work, a recent biography reveals his personal story and the wider problems faced by gay artists of his generation. Henry Scott Tuke: His Other Life by Paul Broderick (Chapel Art Publishing, 2014) £21.95.

Tuke, Henry Scott; Sketch for ‘Morning Splendour’; The Tuke Collection, Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/sketch-for-morning-splendour-13824
Tuke, Henry Scott; The Critics; Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-critics-54260
Tuke, Henry Scott; A Cadet on Newporth Beach, near Falmouth with Another Boy in the Sea; National Trust, Clouds Hill; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/a-cadet-on-newporth-beach-near-falmouth-with-another-boy-in-the-sea-99560
Tuke, Henry Scott; A Bathing Group; Royal Academy of Arts; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/a-bathing-group-149277
Tuke, Henry Scott; After the Bathe; Royal Institution of Cornwall; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/after-the-bathe-14509
Tuke, Henry Scott; The Green Waterways; Grundy Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-green-waterways-150754

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