Glorious Nature: British Landscape Paintin, 1750-1850

Glorious Nature: British Landscape Paintin, 1750-1850

by Katharine Baetjer, Stephen Daniels, Timothy J. Standring, Kathleen Nicholson, Richard Quaintance

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Combining beauty and innovative technique, these 91 watercolors and oils by John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, John Ruskin, Edward Lear, Thomas Rowlandson, Samuel Palmer and 38 other artists reveal British landscape painting of the 18th and 19th centuries as a dynamic, transformative interaction with nature. ``England's natural landscape spoke to English people . . . in languages unheard before,'' notes one of the volume's five scholarly essays which traces echoes of this phenomenon in the writings of Wordsworth, Keats and Austen. This jewel-like catalogue of an exhibition at the Denver Art Museum also includes essays on Turner's radical visual experiments, the impact of cartography on landscapists, and how artists like Gainsborough invested landscape painting with high moral seriousness. Baetjer, a curator at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art, coordinated the exhibit. (Jan.)
Library Journal
A tribute to a century of British artistic vision and innovation, this is an impressive work of scholarly content and visual delights. Considering the relative paucity of British landscapes in American collections, the treasures displayed here, taken from a recent exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Denver Art Museum, are a reminder that ``what there is, is choice.'' These paintings and drawings reveal a change in both the natural landscape and artistic experience and perception. Baetjer has supplied short biographical sketches of the artists along with commentaries on each work, and the essays examine a variety of aspects of the landscape tradition, from public art to personal insight. A fine example of harmony between theme and presentation, this book is recommended for all visual art collections.-- Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
Brings together British masterpieces in oil and watercolor from 19 American collections; 91 works by 44 artists are reproduced in color, presenting the golden age of England's landscape tradition. A series of essays explore the subject, and biographies of the artists and commentaries accompany the paintings. Prepared in conjunction with an exhibition shown exclusively at the Denver Art Museum in celebration of its centennial, December 1993-February 1994. 9.65x10.25" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Hudson Hills Press
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1st ed
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9.57(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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