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Visit to the Royal Academy
Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and "The Making of the Landscape"

Wednesday 30th January 2013

 

Since the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, its Members have included artists committed to landscape painting, addressing the changing meaning of ‘truth to nature’. During the 18th and 19th centuries there was a shift in style in landscape painting, captured by the romantic works of Gainsborough, the sentimental scenes of Constable and the emotionally charged and sublime landscapes of Turner.

This exhibition explored the development of the British school of landscape painting, from early landscape sketches, engravings and lithographs to works by the three towering figures of English landscape painting - John Constable RA, Thomas Gainsborough RA and JMW Turner RA. The exhibition also illustrated the Dutch, Italian and French influences upon artists visiting Europe on the Grand Tour, through 150 works of art, including paintings, prints, books and archival material.

Our forty members and their friends had a wonderful day out in London, with morning coffee and tea in the Royal Academy restaurant, followed by the exhibition and then a quick shopping visit in the famous Fortrum & Mason department store in Piccadilly.

 

Michaela Howard

January 2013

 


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