LONDON: Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable are among Britain’s most revered artists, admired for their ability to capture a native landscape long dismissed by the establishment as a subject unworthy of great painters.
A new exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, unusually drawn entirely from its own collection, traces how the three artists helped pave the way for greater acceptance of a genre now considered one of Britain’s greatest artistic achievements.
Entitled “Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape,” the show runs from Dec. 8 to Feb. 17, and concentrates on the century between 1750 and 1850.
Among the works on display are Gainsborough’s “Romantic Landscape” and Constable’s two great landscapes of the 1820s – “The Leaping Horse” and “Boat Passing a Lock” and Turner’s “Dolbadern Castle.”
Alongside the headline artists are paintings by some of their 18th century contemporaries, including Richard Wilson, Michael Angelo Rooker and Paul