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The English Landscape Tradition from Thomas Gainsborough to Richard Long John Francis Wednesday 23 October 2019

This wide-ranging survey starts in 1749 with Mr and Mrs Andrews. This well-known painting represents a turning point in British painting. Portrait artists like Gainsborough were beginning to gaze out towards the countryside. Turner and Constable could be said to portray our national identity through images of peace and plenty while sometimes ignoring unrest and poverty. The English mysticism of Samuel Palmer and the obsession with a former medieval vision can be seen in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites. Later, Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer and Paul Nash all used landscape as a search for inner knowledge, fantasy and religious values. The photography of Bill Brandt and Bert Hardy documented modern urban landscape. Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long, two contemporary artists, chose to move from the studio and use the physical material of the landscape itself.

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