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Title :

Thomas Gainsborough and the picturesque sketch

Author :
BRENNEMAN, David A. ;
Publication year :
1997
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Argues that the landscape and portrait paintings of Thomas Gainsborough reflect 18th c. picturesque literary and art theory. Scholars of Gainsborough's work have, until now, denied a connection between the artist and picturesque theory, on the grounds that the painter did not read, and left no writings of his own on the subject. The author finds, however, that Gainsborough did indeed have contact with leading theorists of the picturesque, including Uvedale Price, and that his sketchy painting technique relates directly to notions of the picturesque as developed by William Gilpin. Discusses Reynolds's reaction to Gainsborough's paintings, as well as the anonymous obituary that clearly links Gainsborough's landscapes to concepts of the picturesque. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788 ; Gilpin, William, 1724-1804 ; Grande-Bretagne ; Paysage ; Peinture ; Pittoresque ; Price, Uvedale, baron, 1747-1829 ; Théorie de l'art ; 1700-1800 ;
Descriptors :
Art theory ; Gainsborough, Thomas, 1727-1788 ; Gilpin, William, 1724-1804 ; Great Britain ; Landscape ; Painting ; Picturesque ; Price, Uvedale, baron, 1747-1829 ; 1700-1800 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Word & image (London. 1985), 1997, 13, 4, Oct-Dec
INIST identifier :
24994001 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0266-6286 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Taylor & Francis, London
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;