The title “Pastures Green: The British Passion for Landscape” calls up images of mountains, streams, meadows and other subjects typically associated with landscape painting.
There are many such features among the more than 60 paintings, works on paper and photographs in the show at the Norton Museum of Art.
You’ll see them in paintings such as Dina Bran Castle, near Llangollen, painted in the early 1770s by Richard Wilson, dubbed the father of British landscape painting. Bucolic subjects also preoccupied John Constable, who rarely traveled far from his home in Suffolk and created many paintings such as A Cottage in a Cornfield, from 1817.
But the exhibition strays beyond tranquil visions to encompass cityscapes and scenes of industrial activity. By 1895, Lionel Walden was capturing the hellish beauty of the new Dowlais-Cardiff steel works, the largest of its kind at the time.
The central thesis of the show, co-curator Tim Barringer writes in the