“ England’s Green and Pleasant Land ” : 19th Century landscapes.
Presented by: ROSALIND MALINDROS
Written by: Brenda Durham
Photography: Melanie Meyer
Once again we were captivated by Rosalind’s amazing lecturing skill and command of her subject.
She gave a short history of landscape painting from its beginnings in Egypt and Rome, through till Constable lead the way in England in the 19th century. There was a nostalgia in his attempt to preserve the agricultural beauty and tranquility of Pre-Industrial Revolution England.
In Turner’s work we saw how the advent of the train revolutionized life in England.
The Pre-Raphaelites were the first painters to paint out of doors, 20 years before the French Impressionists.
The art historian, Ruskin, encouraged artists to reproduce nature in all its glory and beauty.
With the Irish famine of the 1840s, landscape painting became a tool to highlight the plight of the poor and to comment on child labour.
John Millais was the most popular of the late 1890 painters. He celebrated the ordinary in an extraordinary way and tried to combine elements of English and French Impressionism.
Thank you Rosalind for sharing your passion for Art History with us.
We also enjoyed your beautifully presented power point.