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1) Henry Scott Tuke, born in Lawrence Street, York, England, on June 12, 1858 to March 13, 1929 (age 70), was an English visual artist; primarily a painter, but also a photographer.
2) His most notable work was in the Impressionist style, & is best known for his paintings of nude boys and young men. He trained at the Slade School of Art under Alphonse Legros & Sir Edward Poynter.
3) He favored rough, visible brush strokes, at a time when a smooth, polished finish was favored. He worked mainly in the open air, the realistic effects of sunlight by the sea and naked flesh proved.
4) He began to paint local boys fishing, sailing, swimming and diving in a naturalistic style after critics found his mythological contexts formal, lifeless, and flaccid.
5) He was an established maritime artist and produced many portraits of sailing ships. He was also highly prolific, with over 1,300 works listed and more being discovered.
6) After his death, he was forgotten until the 1970s when he was rediscovered by the first generation of openly gay artists and art collectors. He has since become a cult figure in gay cultural circles.
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