John Opie

English Painter, 1761-1807,English painter. He was born in a tin-mining district, where his father was a mine carpenter. He had a natural talent for drawing and was taken up by an itinerant doctor, John Wolcot (the poet Peter Pindar, 1738-1819), who was an amateur artist and had a number of well-connected friends. Wolcot taught Opie the rudiments of drawing and painting, providing engravings for him to copy and gaining him access to country-house collections. Opie's early portraits, such as Dolly Pentreath (1777; St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, Lord St Levan priv. col.), are the work of a competent provincial painter and owe much to his study of engravings after portraits by Rembrandt. His attempts at chiaroscuro and impasto in Rembrandt's manner gave his pictures a maturity that clearly startled contemporary audiences expecting to see works by an untutored artist. Thus in 1780, when a picture by him was exhibited in London at the Society of Artists with the description 'a Boy's Head, an Instance of Genius, not having ever seen a picture', Opie was hailed as 'the Cornish Wonder'. When he himself arrived in London, where he was promoted by Wolcot and his paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1781 and 1782, he was seen as a phenomenon, impressing even Joshua Reynolds, who is reputed to have remarked that Opie was 'like Caravaggio and Velasquez in one'.

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John Opie Sarah Siddons oil painting


Sarah Siddons
Painting ID::  44577
Artist: John Opie
Painting: Sarah Siddons
Introduction: mk173 ca.1785-90 Oil on canvas 38.1x29.2cm
   
   
     

John Opie The Murder of Rizzio, by John Opie oil painting


The Murder of Rizzio, by John Opie
Painting ID::  60003
Artist: John Opie
Painting: The Murder of Rizzio, by John Opie
Introduction: The Murder of Rizzio, by John Opie
   
   
     

John Opie Die Familie des Bauern oil painting


Die Familie des Bauern
Painting ID::  71451
Artist: John Opie
Painting: Die Familie des Bauern
Introduction: Date 1783-1785 Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions Deutsch: 154 x 183,5 cm
   
   
     

John Opie Lachlan Macquarie attributed to John Opie oil painting


Lachlan Macquarie attributed to John Opie
Painting ID::  73291
Artist: John Opie
Painting: Lachlan Macquarie attributed to John Opie
Introduction: Lachlan Macquarie attributed to John Opie (1761-1807) cjr
   
   
     

John Opie Lachlan Macquarie attributed to oil painting


Lachlan Macquarie attributed to
Painting ID::  74998
Artist: John Opie
Painting: Lachlan Macquarie attributed to
Introduction: Paintings : 1 oil Paintings in gilt frame ; 74.3 x 61.6 cm. inside frame; 92 x 80 cm. framed Date ca.1805-1824 cyf
   
   
     

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     English Painter, 1761-1807,English painter. He was born in a tin-mining district, where his father was a mine carpenter. He had a natural talent for drawing and was taken up by an itinerant doctor, John Wolcot (the poet Peter Pindar, 1738-1819), who was an amateur artist and had a number of well-connected friends. Wolcot taught Opie the rudiments of drawing and painting, providing engravings for him to copy and gaining him access to country-house collections. Opie's early portraits, such as Dolly Pentreath (1777; St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, Lord St Levan priv. col.), are the work of a competent provincial painter and owe much to his study of engravings after portraits by Rembrandt. His attempts at chiaroscuro and impasto in Rembrandt's manner gave his pictures a maturity that clearly startled contemporary audiences expecting to see works by an untutored artist. Thus in 1780, when a picture by him was exhibited in London at the Society of Artists with the description 'a Boy's Head, an Instance of Genius, not having ever seen a picture', Opie was hailed as 'the Cornish Wonder'. When he himself arrived in London, where he was promoted by Wolcot and his paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1781 and 1782, he was seen as a phenomenon, impressing even Joshua Reynolds, who is reputed to have remarked that Opie was 'like Caravaggio and Velasquez in one'.