Thursday, 17 January 2013

Royal Academy: Constable, Gainsborough and Turner

 Thomas Gainsborough RA, ‘Romantic  Landscape’, ca. 1783.

Over the winter break I went to the Royal academy to see the show: 'Constable, Gainsborough and Turner and the making of Landscape'. Constable, Gainsborough and Turner were artist which made Britain lead the art world for the first time with their Landscape paintings. This show was different to what i expected. It showed these three landscape artist came about doing landscapes by the artists who influenced them. The exhibition was all artworks which the Royal Academy owned and a lot of them were etchings as the exhibition also wanted to show the interest in printmaking at this time. There were only three large painted artworks by Constable, Gainsborough and Turner so I felt disappointed by this and felt that the Royal Academy only used these names to attract visitors as they are Britain's most famous painters from the 18th century. It would have been more appropriate to call the exhibition 'the making of landscape featuring Constable, Gainsborough and Turner'. But overall i did enjoy the exhibition and was nice to see Gainsborough away from Portraiture, which he made his name from, and into Landscape, where he shows he has just the same amount of skill as Turner and Constable to produce Landscape paintings. It was very interesting to see who these artist also continue to influence today such as Norman Arkroyd and Richard Long. The exhibition really opened my eyes to etching and i was not too sure about how much I liked it but after seeing so many i like etching and engraving as you can see the detail the artist put into their work with the pencil work which is covered up with the paintings.

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