Thomas Gainsborough: The Modern Landscape (Hardcover)

Thomas Gainsborough: The Modern Landscape By Katharina Hoins (Editor), Christoph Vogtherr (Editor) Cover Image

Thomas Gainsborough: The Modern Landscape (Hardcover)

By Katharina Hoins (Editor), Christoph Vogtherr (Editor)


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Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88) is one of the great European painters of the eighteenth century and was famous for his portraits displaying the unique individuality of his subjects. However, Gainsborough himself favored landscape painting over portraiture. According to lore, he would paint landscapes at night by candlelight with the aid of tabletop scenes he had cobbled together using household objects.

This volume is the first to present the English artist as a pivotal figure in the development of modern landscape painting, a genre in which his painterly subtlety and technical variation were particularly innovative. The book brings together German and British traditions of viewing, interpreting, and studying Gainsborough, considering the connections of his work to Dutch landscapes, explaining Gainsborough’s unusual and experimental techniques, and situating his landscapes in the context of the social tensions of early industrialization. This beautifully illustrated volume sheds light on an eminent master of the Rococo period.
Katharina Hoins is a research associate at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Christoph Vogtherr is curator for French and Italian painting at the Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg.
Product Details ISBN: 9783777429977
ISBN-10: 377742997X
Publisher: Hirmer Publishers
Publication Date: August 15th, 2018
Pages: 224
Language: English
“Detailed photographs, including magnifications, reveal Gainsborough's unique brushstroke and his use of semi-translucent paint, giving readers a new understanding of Gainsborough’s art. . . . Recommended.”