SnapshotSelf-taught artist became a leading landscape painter
Posted by Ali King, curatorial assistant | Saturday May 4, 2013
Detail of Thomas Gainsborough's, "An Extensive Wooded River Landscape, with Cattle and a Drover and Sailing Boats in the Distance", Oil on canvas. Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton (WAG)
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating its 100th birthday with an exhibit called 100 Masters: Only in Canada.
They're uncrating works by van Gogh, Renoir, Rembrandt and lots more. SCENE is getting a sneak peek at what's going up on the walls with curatorial assistant Ali King:
Unlike the celebrated British landscape painters that succeeded him, John Constable and J. M. W. Turner, Gainsborough had little interest in documenting a specific topography of the landscape. His attention focused primarily on capturing the essence of the environment.
Thomas Gainsborough, An Extensive Wooded River Landscape, with Cattle and a Drover and Sailing Boats in the Distance, c.1757-1759. Oil on canvas. Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton
The area around Ipswich was the ideal setting for the artist to experiment with his desire to produce landscapes that evoke the essence of the place, in colour and mood.
Painted during his High Suffolk period, the artist has succeeded in combining a range of topographical components with a group of figures, animals, and boats to create a harmonious, idealized image of his own world.
Gainsborough was largely self-taught when it came to his landscape painting, gaining much of his experience by copying the landscapes of the Dutch painters.
Gainsborough's chief competitor was Joshua Reynolds; however, this rivalry was limited to portraiture, and Gainsborough remained the leading landscape painter of his day. 100 Masters: Only in Canada opens May 11 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
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