Friday, 11 July 2014

Art on Friday: 19th century British Landscape Painting

I adore landscape painting add British landscape painting to that and you've got me hooked line and sinker. Escpecially 19th century painting's got my eye. I don't know why exactly maybe I lived there in a former life (you never know).

Anyway in this Friday art blog I will show you some masterpieces (and some lesser known ones as well) from the British landscape painters of the 19th century. Enjoy.

Bit of background info:

In the popular imagination English landscape painting from the 18th century onwards typifies English art, inspired largely from the love of the pastoral and mirroring as it does the development of larger country houses set in a pastoral rural landscape. It was developed initially by Dutch and Flemish artists, from the late 17th century onwards.
As the population of England grew during the industrial revolution, a concern for privacy and smaller gardens becomes more notable in English art. There was also a new-found appreciation of the open landscapes of romantic wilderness, and a concern for the ancient folk arts. William Morris is particularly associated with this latter trend, as were the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Another important influence, from about 1890 until 1926, was the growing knowledge about the visual art of Japan.
Being a coastal and seafaring island nation, English art has often portrayed the coast and the sea. Being a nation of four distinct seasons, and changeable weather, weather effects have often been portrayed in English art. Weather and light effects on the English landscape have been a pre-eminent aspect of modern British landscape photography.

 Afterglow-John Varley early 19th century

Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye-Sidney Richard Percy

Coastal mountanous landscape scene with house-Benjamin Williams Leader

Landscape with trees Autumn-Alfred East

Personally I love JMW Turner a lot:

Abergavenny Bridge, Monmountshire, Clearing up after a showery day-JMW Turner

Shipwreck-JMW Turner

Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead Heath-John Constable

Stonehenge-Henry Marc Anthony

Scottish Landscape, Bringing in a Stag- Frederick Richard Lee and Sir Edwin Henry Landseer:(figure and animals by Sir E. Landseer) (1830)

I adore the works of John Atkinson Grimshaw:

 Evening Glow-John Atkinson Grimshaw

Autumn morning-John Atkinson Grimshaw

Spirit of the night-John Atkinson Grimshaw

Last but certainly not least, one of my favorite Scottish Painters: 

Edinburgh-Alexander Nasmyth

© KH


Elaine T said...

Beautiful! Love the Constable and the one of Edinburgh Castle.

Kati H said...

Gorgeous aren't they? One can hardly imagine Edinburgh being so quiet.. :)

Spullen van Vroeger said...

Mooi! Zeker die met die evening glow, mooi sfeertje!

xx Mo

Gavin Claxton said...

Hi. Great choice - although the painting you ascribe to B.W. Leader is undoubtedly in fact by Francis Jamieson who spend his life painting 'after' Leader and on occasion signed as him. Although similar in subject to both Leader and Alfred de Breanski, Jamieson's broader and less detailed technique is unmistakeable. Best regards, Gavin