Walk Through British Art (1840 - 1890): Pre-Raphaelites, William Turner and beyond
Be captured by the beauty of Turner’s romantic landscape paintings in the Clore Gallery and recognise promotion of the ideal in the Pre-Raphaelites at Tate Britain.
Saturday, the 16th of September 13:00 - 15:30
Tuesday, the 19th of September 13:00 - 15:30
Thursday, the 21th of September 13:00 - 15:30
The art tour is focused on art works produced during the reign of Queen Victoria. Her reign, the longest of any British monarch, saw dramatic changes in industry, science, politics and culture. Works range from genre scenes of everyday life, in which artists address topical issues, to Pre-Raphaelite paintings and works by British impressionist artists.
Art History Context:
1. The Victorian era was also the time of the Great Exhibitions, and images were disseminated through reproductive media, initially as engravings, but later as photographs.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 was the great artistic event of the time, a vast exhibition where art was displayed alongside industrial technology, design and objects from around the world. The exhibits were packed in tightly, like in art exhibitions of the period, a style reflected in the hang of this gallery.
2. The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists (and one writer), founded in London in 1848. They were opposed to the Royal Academy’s promotion of the ideal as exemplified in the work of Raphael.
3. Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in 1775, and died in 1851. His lifespan embraced what was perhaps the most fruitful of all periods in British art an age that began with the achievements of Hogarth, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Wilson, continued into the epoch of high Romanticism, of Blake, Lawrence, Constable and Bonington, and concluded amid the novelties of Pre-Raphaelitism and Victorian realism. Turner himself seems in retrospect to preside over the whole period as the greatest figure of a host of great men, the culmination, almost the definition of the Romantic artist. He grew up when the Royal Academy was newly founded and the British school still rather self-consciously unsure of its credentials; his death coincided almost exactly with the date prophesied by ohn Constable when in 1822 he wrote: "The art will go out: there will be no genuine painting in England in thirty years."
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Location: Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Meeting point - main entrance information desk.
Joseph Mallord William Turner 'The Dogano, San Giorgio, Citella, from the Steps,
The Midsummer Night's Fairies by Robert Huskisson (1820-1861) (c) Tate Britain,
Lord Frederic Leighton, Lieder ohne Worte (c) Tate Britain.