Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape

I spent Friday afternoon at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, making good use of my Friends of the RA membership. I headed straight for 'Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape'. This exhibition shows works by three important painters of English landscapes: John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and JMW Turner. It explores the development of the British school of landscape painting. A number of works by their contemporaries Richard Wilson, Michael Angelo Rooker and Paul Sandby are also exhibited. Letters by Gainsborough, Turner’s watercolour box and Constable’s palette are on display, bringing their artistic practice to life.

Whilst the exhibition may be worth a visit, it didn't contain very many artworks that excited me, except for Turner's atmospheric painting of 'Dolbadern Castle'. I was interested in Turner's watercolour box, Constable's palette and the other pieces of art paraphernalia. This exhibition contains a lot of engravings and mezzotints, as a lover of colour I would have preferred to have seen more luscious oils. It's also quite a short exhibition, containing 150 pieces. Tickets are £8 for adults, concessions available. The exhibition runs until Sunday 17th February 2013.

J.M.W. Turner RA, ‘Dolbadern Castle’, 1800.
Oil on canvas, 1194 x 902 mm.
Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Limited.
© Royal Academy of Arts, London

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