Almost forgotten now, apart from the help that he gave William Blake, he was the most prominent British landscape painter after Turner’s death.
Tracing Blake’s influence through his friends John Linnell and Samuel Palmer to the likes of Graham Sutherland and Eric Ravilious.
Blake did not exercise his genius and vision in isolation. Here are some paintings by those who influenced him most.
A wide-ranging selection of appealing and interesting watercolours, covering most of Blake’s career and themes.
I thought that I knew what a narrative painting was, until I saw some examples. Are they?
Long forgotten now, panoramas were hugely popular in the 1800s, and some were strongly narrative.
A brief glance through the history of painting trees in the landscape, from Rubens and Poussin to van Gogh and Pissarro.
Some paintings have figures and action which goes beyond staffage, and provides narrative, meaning, or puzzles.
Two painters whose visions were particularly clearly articulated, and contrasting: Caspar David Friedrich and Samuel Palmer.
I am going to try getting inside the artistic imagination of important landscape painters, and discovering the vision that each had of the landscape. Here are some hors d’oeuvres.