Samuel Palmer: The Poetical Landscape

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An important new look at Palmer, the compelling and innovative English landscape painter
For artists, art historians, collectors, art lovers.

A look at the unconventional techniques Palmer employed to achieve his spiritual perceptions
In the last decade Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) has been the subject of heightened interest. This is a new interpretation of the widely misunderstood English Romantic artist. In ...

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Overview

An important new look at Palmer, the compelling and innovative English landscape painter
For artists, art historians, collectors, art lovers.

A look at the unconventional techniques Palmer employed to achieve his spiritual perceptions
In the last decade Samuel Palmer (1805-1881) has been the subject of heightened interest. This is a new interpretation of the widely misunderstood English Romantic artist. In revealing Palmer as one of the most consistently innovative landscape artists of the 19th century, previously-unpublished materials from the Ashmolean Museum have been included. The Ashmolean, which arguably has the best Palmer collection in the world, presents both new painting acquisitions and a fresh reading of his letters.

Since his son's (1892) biography, Palmer has been seen as the victim of Victorian materialism, a visionary who sacrificed his talent to the naturalism popular with the middle classes. It was generally believed that his early Shoreham Period works were inspired by his love of William Blake, and, after his marriage to John Linnell's eldest daughter, his later watercolors and etchings were more indebted to Linnell. However, the essentially self-taught Palmer would have argued that his whole career was devoted to an exploration of what Linnell called the 'poetical landscape' to 'create spiritual perceptions'. His application of unconventional techniques were used to convey 'infinity and endless suggestiveness' of nature.

The publication discusses his relations with the Old Masters he admired, notably Claude Lorrain, his seniors, Blake and Turner; and contemporaries.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781854442673
  • Publisher: Ashmolean Museum
  • Publication date: 5/7/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144

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