Richard Parkes Bonington: “Art is long, life is short”

Free admission

Join YCBA docent Andrew McLaren to learn about the life and enduring importance of Richard Parkes Bonington while viewing drawings, prints, and watercolors from the museum’s collection. 

About this talk

When Bonington died in 1828 at age twenty-five, his work was so admired that it was celebrated in a memorial exhibition six years after his death. Today he is considered as influential an English landscape artist as John Constable and J. M. W. Turner. Bonington’s contemporary and friend, the French painter Eugène Delacroix said he had “a lightness of touch that makes his work a type of diamond that flatters and ravishes the eye.” In this talk, YCBA docent Andrew McLaren will discuss a selection of works by Bonington within the context of the artist’s life and legacy. 


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Richard Parkes Bonington, Vessels in a Choppy Sea, ca. 1824, watercolor with scratching out on paper, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection