The story of landscape paintings which are dominated by the sky, from the Dutch Golden Age to Surrealism.
A selection of sky-rich oil sketches made in the Roman Campagna during the first half of the 19th century.
Examples of the work of Thomas Jones, Constable, Corot, Blechen, Boudin, Jongkind, Pissarro, Cézanne, Sargent, Monet, and more.
Indian Yellow was thought to have been extracted from cow urine, but has been found in few paintings. Chrome Yellow was the mainstay of the Impressionists and the nineteenth century.
Escape to the island of Capri, in the Bay of Naples, for a drop of sunshine in these superb paintings by Carl Blechen, Albert Bierstadt, and others.
Lighthouses in the paintings of JMW Turner, Constable, Monet, Signac, Peder Balke, and others, from England to Turkey.
There’s two ways to paint a coastal cliff: from the beach, or on the top. Surprisingly few landscape painters have opted for the latter. Here are some examples.
Where land, sea, and sky meet. Sought-after and hugely popular in fine weather, the forces of nature are most obvious in storms. The cradle of Impressionism and more modern painting.
It is hard to be sure when oil painting outdoors first started, but the oldest such paintings date from before 1700.
An innovator with his painterly style, some have suggested that he was even Impressionist – a whole century before Monet.