Massa, Bay of Naples

John Brett (English, 1830-1902)

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This sparkling coastal view is one of the few landscapes in this gallery by an English painter. John Brett was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of British artists who admired the sincerity of late-medieval art. They worked with painstaking accuracy, based on careful observation. Brett even became a respected student of natural phenomena.

While Brett's Italian seascape glows with brilliant color and luminosity, it does not rely on an Impressionist approach. Brett's image is rendered in minute detail, with precise brushstrokes. In the distance he offers a glimpse of the isle of Capri.

(James Coats, New York, New York), purchased by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1964.

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Object Information

John Brett (English, 1830-1902)
creation date
oil on canvas
28-1/8 x 45-1/8 in. (canvas)
34-3/4 x 51-1/4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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