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Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape


There is a fascinating exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts that will be of interest to landscape photographers.  David Ward feels that “Constable, Gainsborough and Turner virtually set the agenda for landscape and that their use of light and choice of subject matter remains relevant today.” Highly recommended, exhibition open until 17 February 2013.


One thought on “Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape

  1. One of several exhibitions I visited last Saturday…..handy because round the corner at the Chris Beetles Gallery (Michael Kenna) the fire alarm was stuck on and the Gallery unvisitable!

    Constable / Gainsborough / Turner was worth a visit although only a very small number of works (one by each, if I remember correctly) were actually by the three major artists. Others were by lesser known artists and many, perhaps the majority, were engravings by specialist print-makers whose copies allowed the original artists to be become more widely known amongst the general public.

    It struck me that those photographers who make composite digital images are partially following in the footsteps of the “picturesque” landscape painters of perhaps 200 years ago. These latter, if I understand it correctly, constructed their compositions according to “theories” of landscape appreciation, according to which certain aspects of the landscape should be placed in conjunction with each other in paintings, whether or not they did so in reality. Turner’s and Constable’s work was more true to reality but landscape photographers (in particular) with a clinical eye will easily see where liberties have been taken!

    I do agree. The exhibition is well worth a visit.

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