The more of less regular repetition of form to generate rhythms has long been used in figurative painting, but in the 19th century became prominent in landscapes.
In 1826, the world’s first sailing regatta for leisure craft was held. Twenty-five years later, the America’s Cup was inaugurated. Paintings show the rising popularity of yachting.
Initiated by Whistler from 1860, it became popular with artists returning from training in Paris in the 1880s, then Sargent, Sickert, and teachers Tonks and Clausen.
Who’d want to paint much of their canvas dull, pale grey? If these paintings are anything to go by, many of the Impressionists
An American citizen like Whistler, he was based in London from 1886 until his death in 1925, and a close friend of Claude Monet.
From conventional composition in the early days of Impressionism, landscapes have been reduced, eventually ending up as areas of colour and texture.
With Claude Monet as his mentor, he painted in thoroughly Impressionist style. Also the author of the most influential contemporary account of Impressionism in English.
How trees came to invade Impressionist landscape paintings, in direct contravention to established principles.
More leaf-peeping, from Tina Blau and Monet’s poplars on the River Epte, to Paul Nash’s eerie Wittenham Clumps under the moon’s last phase.
Come leaf-peeping with painters from Samuel Palmer in the Weald of Kent, to Julian Alden Weir’s autumn rain.