About this artwork

This painting was inspired by a boat trip made by the artist down the river Rhine in the summer of 1927. The style owes much to the highly formalised manner adopted by Fernand Léger and his circle, sometimes referred to - for obvious reasons - as 'Tubism'. During the 1920s, Roberts painted many pictures of people engaged in ordinary social activities such as playing, relaxing and working. He would establish the composition in drawings, creating strong formal rhythms and rhymes, and would then square these up and methodically transfer the design onto canvas.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Rhine Boat
  • date created:
    About 1927
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 40.60 cm (framed: 67.00 x 57.20 x 4.80 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1961
  • accession number:
    GMA 783
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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William Roberts

William Roberts