This wonderful watercolor by Mr. Alfred de Bréanski RBA is dated 1882. Mr. B is totally charmed by this colourful painting and has appointed himself as chief custodian for the time being. It shows a romantic couple in a rowing boat with the lady holding a parasol. In the background there are a few beautifully painted cows, who are enjoying the water too. The artist has used a limited color palette in this work, but it is very effective.
We have reframed the watercolor using museum quality mounts, so it is good to go for a few decades again. Like with any other watercolor painting, please do not hang it in direct daylight as the colors will then fade. The frame measures 63 by 50 cm, whilst the painting itself measures 33 x 22 cm.
Alfred de Bréanski Senior (1852 - 1928) was a famous landscape painter who became known for his resplendent views of the Welsh and Scottish Highlands. In addition, he also painted many views of the Thames. Often bathed in a flood of golden light, these landscapes usually feature water and cattle or sheep on grassy banks; sometimes a solitary figure is seen the distance. Born in Greenwich near London, Alfred was the eldest son of Leopold Bréanski. Alfred was not the only painter in the family as his younger brother and sister, Gustave and Julie, were also painters. Alfred made his debut at the Royal Academy in 1872 and he continued to exhibit there until 1918. He also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Royal Cambrian Academy. In 1873, just after his Royal Academy debut, Alfred de Bréanski married Annie Roberts, a Welsh painter, whom he met on his travels through Wales. They raised a family of seven children, including Alfred, Jr. and Arthur who also became painters.