Elemental Views – an exhibition of Landsape Paintings
Sunday 10th March – Saturday 30th March
The great English tradition for landscape painting as we know it, was anything but English. The word landscape is from the Dutch, landschap originally meaning a patch of cultivated ground. The word entered the English language at the start of the 17th century, and was not used to describe a vista as we know it until 1725. Landscapes were initially painted as backgrounds to portraits, typically suggesting the parks or estates of a landowner, and were often painted in London by an artist who had never visited his sitters rolling acres. The English tradition of landscape painting was actually founded by Anthony van Dyck and other Flemish artists working in England who started to question the curiosities of nature with their productions of flamboyant and fantastical vistas.
In the 18th Century watercolour painting, mostly of landscapes became an English speciality with both a buoyant market for professional works and a large number of amateur painters having a go. By the beginning of the 19th Century the English artists with the highest reputations were often dedicated landscapists, painting a wide range of Romantic interpretations of the English landscape. Most notably of course the work of Constable, Turner, Palmer and Gainsborough come to mind.
Landscape in Winter
Oil on Canvas 30 x 48 inches
In Europe during this time as John Ruskin said landscape painting was the ‘chief artistic creation of the nineteenth century.’ It became the dominant art, with the result that people were ‘apt to assume that
the appreciation of natural beauty and the paintings of landscape
is a normal and enduring part of our spiritual activity.’ Let us also not forget the French landscape tradition that would become the most influential in Europe for a century, with the Impressionists and the
Post Impressionists for the first time making landscape painting the main source of general stylistic innovation across all types of painting.
The 20th Century has seen a great continuing wave of celebrated English landscape artists. Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious, John Piper and Sheila Fell being some of my favourites.
Oil on Canvas 36 x 28 inches
It is indeed a treat to be staging such an exhibition at the Fosse
Gallery this Spring. I have chosen artists known to me, whose traditions and influences generate not only from this country but from all over the world. ‘Elemental Views,’ strives to showcase and celebrate the talents, personal visions and passions of some of the leading contemporary landscape painters of today.
Sharon Wheaton Feb 2013
Paintings by: David Imms, Christopher Johnson, Lucien Rees Roberts,
Victor Richardson, Tom Benjamin and Giles Hill.
The Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 17.00pm
Fosse Gallery Fine Art
The Manor House, The Square, Stow on the Wold, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 1AF
Telephone 01451 831319
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