Join us for a 10 week course exploring art and architecture in the eighteenth century.
The eighteenth century saw the development of a national style emerge in Britain and painter who might be said to have established this is William Hogarth. His work set out to reflect the habits and disposition of the bourgeois class. His satirical work mocks the vices and weaknesses of the London life. This is also the age of the conversation piece-the informal group portrait preferred by the new middle class showing families in a garden or domestic setting.
Portraiture was a popular genre brilliantly developed by painters such as Gainsborough and Reynolds. History painting and landscape subjects were also in demand. Although the art market was centered on London, art patrons could also be found in Edinburgh, Dublin and Welsh cities. Landscape painting which was based on actual views was developed by the Welsh-born artist, Richard Wilson. A new preoccupation nature can be seen in the work of George Stubbs but by the end of the century a mood of change and romanticism is reflected in the dramatically lit paintings of Joseph Wright of Derby.
Architecture was inspired by the fashion for The Grand Tour and the shaping of the landscape and gardens also takes prominence and formal vistas make way for more natural and picturesque elements.
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