ASPECTS OF LANDSCAPE
An exhibition of work in different media by eight British artists selected by Ann Elliott and Margaret McLeod. The exhibition was designed to illustrate the vitality in the traditional British medium of landscape. A hour-long programme of landscape films by artists from the London Filmmakers Co-operative, selected by Chris Welsby, toured with the exhibition.
Landscape is one of the principle genres of Western art. In early paintings the landscape was a backdrop for the composition, but in the late 17th Century the appreciation of nature for its own sake began with the French and Dutch painters (from whom the term derived). Their treatment of the landscape differed: the French tried to evoke the classical landscape of ancient Greece and Rome in a highly stylised and artificial manner; the Dutch tried to paint the surrounding fields, woods and plains in a more realistic way. As a genre, landscape grew increasing popular, and by the 19th Century had moved away from a classical rendition to a more realistic view of the natural world. Two of the greatest British landscape artists of that time were John Constable and JMW Turner, whose works can be seen in the Tate collection (www.tate.org.uk). There can be no doubt that the evolution of landscape painting played a decisive role in the development of Modernism, culminating in the work of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists . Since then its demise has often been predicted and with the rise of abstraction, landscape painting was thought to have degenerated into an amateur pursuit. However, landscape persisted in some form into high abstraction, and has been a recurrent a theme in most of the significant tendencies of the 20th Century. Now manifest in many media, landscape no longer addresses solely the depiction of topography, but encompasses issues of social, environmental and political concern.
Refers to either the material used to create a work of art, craft or design, i.e. oil, bronze, earthenware, silk; or the technique employed i.e. collage, etching, carving. In painting the medium refers to the binder for the pigment, e.g. oil, egg, acrylic dispersion. The plural form is media.
Germany, Weimar, Kunstammlungen
- 01 February 1981 − 23 November 2001
- 05 June 1980 − 30 June 1980
- 01 January 1978 − 01 January 1979
France, St Etienne, Musee D'art Moderne
- 15 November 1977 − 15 December 1977
France, Calais, Musee Des Beaux-Arts Et De La Dentelle
- 15 October 1977 − 15 November 1977
France, Paris, Centre Culturel Du Marais
- 16 January 1977 − 12 September 1977