Thomas Benjamin Kennington Biography | Oil Paintings
4-7-1856 Grimsby, ENG – 12-10-1916 London, ENGBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Thomas Benjamin Kennington trained in art at the Liverpool School of Art, where he won a gold medal, he then moved to London to study the Royal College of Art and then sailed to France to study with William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Robert-Fleury at the Académie Julian in Paris.
Between 1880–1916 he exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, and also often showed his work at the Royal Society of British Artists and the Grosvenor Gallery. He was a founding member of the New English Art Club and became its first secretary in 1886, he also founded the Imperial Arts League. At the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris, he was awarded a bronze medal for Widowed and Fatherless.
Thomas Benjamin Kennington became known not just for his romanticized depictions of domestic and everyday-life scenes but also for his social realist works. Paintings such as Orphans, Homeless, and The Pinch of Poverty, portrayed the brutal realities of life of the poor in Britain in a way that played on the viewer's feelings. Although the romanticized poor had their clothes in tatters, their bodies were rather clean for their conditions. It has been suggested that he may have been influenced by the Spanish painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo, whose work also featured street children. He painted in both oils and watercolor. His son Eric Kennington was also a notable artist, illustrator, and sculptor.
Art Movement: Realism, Victorian Classicism.
Artists Influencing Thomas Benjamin Kennington: William Adolphe Bouguereau, Robert Fleury, Bartolome Esteban Murillo.
He Traveled To France.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.