Richard Parkes Bonington

Richard Parkes Bonington ( born October 25, 1802 in Arnold in Nottingham, † September 23, 1828 in London) was a British- French Romantic painter, who died of tuberculosis at the age of 25. Not only because it the writer Edith Wharton has called the " Keats of the painting." Bonington had a significantly on the painters of European Romanticism and in particular of the Barbizon School.

Life and work

The son of a teacher and a father who was successively a gaoler, a drawing master and lace -maker, was admitted early on in the art of Aquarellierens. His first painting represents Bonington with eleven years at the Liverpool Academy from. After his father taught him François Louis Thomas Francia. 1817/18 opened his first father in Calais ( France) a factory, then in Paris for a business tips. Here you meet the son of Eugène Delacroix and Théodore Géricault, with whom he became friends. He spent much time in the Louvre to copy landscape paintings of the Dutch and Flemish. Since 1820, he studied under Antoine -Jean Gros at the Paris Academy of Arts. Outside the city, he often painted from nature. He also traveled to Italy. In the Salon de Paris of 1822 paintings by Delacroix were seen. As a lithographer, he illustrated Baron Taylor's Voyages dans l' ancienne France pittoresques and his own architectural series remnant et Ask Mens. In the Salon of 1824, he was honored with John Constable and Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding with a gold medal. A year later, he travels with Delacroix in his homeland to study William Turner and the English history painting. 1828 Bonington died of tuberculosis in London.

In a letter to Théophile Thoré from 1861 Delacroix pulls his hat to the early deceased, who nevertheless left more than 400 paintings and drawings. In watercolor, for Brits at that time even new art, Bonington possessed amazing abilities. For all the masterful rigor and precision he showed in the brushwork a unique, at least in contemporary art lightness that makes his works a type of diamond that ravish each eye and each eye flatter.

Bonington's historical paintings are characterized by the careful study of contemporary styles.


In Arnold and Nottingham there are some memorials to the gifted son of the city. However, today there are also voices the transfiguration, thus overestimating warn despite their sympathy for Bonington before a literally "romantic".