British Painting: The Golden Age

British Painting: The Golden Age

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This golden age in British art encompassed such famous figures as Gainsborough, Turner, Blake and Constable. In chapters that take in portraiture, caricature, society painting, travel, animals, landscape and history painting, the author discusses the key personalities of the era and analyses the class-structure, political background and economic forces that governed the art market.

Hogarth himself brought modern life into painting and treated it with high moral seriousness disguised as satire. Ramsay, Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Lawrence revolutionized portraiture, introducing a new authority and sensibility. The unconventional genius of Blake gave form to a unique mystic vision, while Constable explored nature in a new manner, encouraging developments that were to lead to Impressionism. Finally, Turner took painting into a realm of sublime grandeur, expressing the age of Romanticism as vividly as Byron, Shelley, and Keats were doing in poetry.

William Vaughan analyzes the class structure and political background that made British art so distinctive. Using up-to-date research and critical theory, he shows us the colorful world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when British art was richer and more influential than at any time before or since.

Product Code 1016194
ISBN 9780500203194
author William Vaughan
format Paperback
GTIN 9780500203194
pages 256
published May 1999
publisher Thames & Hudson
Dimensions 150 mm X 209 mm
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