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.

  • title:
    The Rhine Boat
  • accession number:
    GMA 783
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1927
  • measurements:
    50.80 x 40.60 cm (framed: 67.00 x 57.20 x 4.80 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by Miss Elizabeth Watt 1961
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of John David Roberts
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

William Patrick Roberts

William Patrick Roberts