Friday, 5 June 2015

ART IN REVIEW - May 2015

England’s Green and Pleasant Land: 19th Century landscapes. 


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.


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