Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - Inicio

Versión española

Buy tickets

Masterworks from Budapest. From the Renaissance to the Avant-Garde

From 18 February to 28 May 2017

Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1526-1530
Oil on panel. 88.4 x 58.3 cm
Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

John Frederick Peto
Afternoon Sailing
ca. 1890
Oil on canvas
30.5 x 50.9 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 701 (1982.18)

More information about this work

Afternoon Sailing is one of the rare landscapes painted by John Frederick Peto, an artist known for his still lifes. This luminous and open painting with its golden sand, sea and sky contrasts with his crammed, sombre studies of objects. Nonetheless, there is a special conceptual link between the two genres, since, as John Wilmerding points out, Peto “always [...] thought in still-life terms, so that his landscapes acquired the intimate charm of an interior studio arrangement, while his actual still-life paintings aspired to the monumentality and breadth of a personal landscape environment.”

The landscape in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was probably painted by Peto in 1890, following his permanent move from Philadelphia to the New Jersey coast. It depicts Toms River, a coastal town near his home in Island Heights. Although it displays a certain amount of influence of the seascapes painted by Thomas Eakins in 1870, the work is in keeping with Peto’s particular style. Wilmerding provides a psychological interpretation of the choice of this solitary spot with the sole presence of a small sailboat as a reflection of Peto’s intended retirement from the art scene.

Paloma Alarcó

Go to the shop

Recommended artists

Recommended works

© 2009 Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

Paseo del Prado 8, 28014 Madrid, España

We use our own cookies and those of third-parties to analyze the use of our website and display personalized advertising. If you continue browsing, we will consider that you consented to its use. For more information see our Cookie Policy.