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A Barn Interior

Photo credit: Torre Abbey Museum

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In this painting, Bedford has captured the warm light flooding through the open barn door. This single source of light throws deep shadows into the barn’s interior. Within the shadows we can make out the farmer at work on the far left.

The rich brown, earthy colours enhance the rustic subject matter, which is presented here as quaint and humble. Rural life was often idealised as an antidote to busy, oppressive city life. Torre Abbey holds a large collection of works by Bedford who lived most of his life in Torquay.

Torre Abbey Museum

Torquay

Title

A Barn Interior

Date

c.1883

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 24 x W 34.3 cm

Accession number

A206

Acquisition method

gift from Brian Reade, 1981

Work type

Painting

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Torre Abbey Museum

Torre Abbey, The King's Drive, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5JE England

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