Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature
1 March – 29 June 2014
Sixty works from the Tate collection offer a fascinating insight into the working practices of some of Britain’s best-loved landscape painters including J.M.W. Turner and John Constable.
The fashion for painting directly in the landscape, rather than in the studio began in the late 18th century. Pioneers like Turner and Constable were considered radicals for their plein air approach, and transformed painting as a result.
This exhibition features 60 paintings chosen to represent six principal landscape themes, ranging from the prosaic to the divine, with titles like The Closer View and Looking heavenwards.
Curated by the art historian Michael Rosenthal, this is a show of scenic delights revealing the very different approaches taken by painters to depict the nation’s bucolic countryside.
The wonderful John Sell Cotman was a member of the Norwich School of artists. He spent the later part of his life studying the turbulent Norfolk coastline, and mastering the form of waves. His paintings broke new ground in the depiction of Britain’s seashores.
Also on show are landscapes by George Stubbs. Better known for his paintings of horses, this exhibition reveals him to be a master of the English countryside.