Did Vermeer use a camera obscura? What went wrong with Impressionist oil sketches? When did Klimt paint from photographs? Does any of this really detract from the art in a painting?
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.
Between about 1814 and 1836, Constable painted many fine skyscapes, and in the 1820s indulged in ‘skying’, oil sketches of the sky above him.
Innovation moved to the countryside around Rome, with Joseph Vernet, and Valenciennes, who prescribed skying in his textbook on landscape painting.
From the early landscapes of Rubens and Dutch masters to the surrealist skyscapes of Paul Nash, introducing a history of painting the sky.
An overview of some of the articles on painting published here during the last year. From Goethe’s Faust to Leonardo da Vinci.
Good for watercolour and pastels alone? Paper and cardboard have also been used extensively for oil sketches, and more.
Examples of the work of Thomas Jones, Constable, Corot, Blechen, Boudin, Jongkind, Pissarro, Cézanne, Sargent, Monet, and more.
Nine of his brilliant oil sketches made in front of the motif in the Roman Campagna between 1782-85, which helped change the history of art.