Henry Ryland England
4-1856 Biggleswade, ENG – 11-23-1924 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Henry Ryland studied in London at the South Kensington Art School, and at Heatherley's. He also studied in Paris under Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, and at the Académie Julian under Gustave Boulanger and Lefebvre.
Henry Ryland exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, and from 1890 at the Royal Academy. He also was a regular exhibiter at the New Gallery and the Royal Institute of Painters in watercolors (formerly the New Society of Painters in Water Colors). He became a full member of the latter institution.
Although Henry Ryland did paint in oils, he specialized in highly finished watercolor paintings containing images of young women in classical draperies on marble terraces. Subjects of this type were popularized by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Albert Moore and J. W. Godward. Unlike Moore he rarely painted nudes. His watercolors were widely reproduced as prints.
Henry Ryland also designed stained glass and his woodcuts were used in a number of magazines, including the English Illustrated Magazine in the 1880s and 1890s.
Ryland's style mixed themes from the Neo-Classical and Pre-Raphaelite movements. His influences include Puvis de Chavanne and Alma-Tadema. Henry Ryland is recognized as the foremost of the neo-classical painters working in watercolor, and is frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy.
Art Movement: Pre-Raphaelite
Influences: Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant, Gustave Boulanger