The Return of the Reapers

Henry Herbert La Thangue1886

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

La Thangue was born in Croydon, but he trained in Paris and was particularly inspired by French artists. The work of Gustave Courbet and Jules Bastien-Lepage encouraged him to paint realist rural pictures, and he was also influenced by the Impressionists' commitment to painting before nature.In France, La Thangue adopted the 'square brush' technique used here to striking effect. It allowed him to cover the canvas quickly and to capture fleeting light effects. He painted this work in Norfolk, and characteristically placed the figures against a high horizon, flattening the picture space.

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  • Title: The Return of the Reapers
  • Creator: Henry Herbert La Thangue
  • Date Created: 1886
  • Provenance: Purchased 1982
  • Physical Dimensions: w695 x h119 mm
  • Original Title: The Return of the Reapers
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas


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