Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature at Compton Verney

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 July 2013

Exhibition preview: Turner and Constable: Sketching from Nature. Works from the Tate Collection, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, July 13 – September 22 2013

An image of an oil painting of a rural landscape
John Constable, Brightwell Church and Village. Oil on wood (1815)© Tate, London 2012
Oil sketching en plein air was unusual when Turner, Constable and their contemporaries first did it, but by the late 18th and early 19th centuries their passion for landscape had become a fashionable new painterly genre.

Illustrating how dozens of artists used similar approaches, Compton Verney’s exhibition is an introduction to technique, dividing these uplifting canvasses into themes of nature, close-ups, water, shapes, silhouettes, rural views and looking heavenwards.

Professor Michael Rosenthal, of the University of Warwick, and Anne Lyles, a Constable expert who devised Tate Britain’s Constable: The Great Landscapes show in 2006, have curated works by artists including George Stubbs, John Linnell, Francis Danby and William Henry Hunt.

  • Open 11am-5pm (closed Monday except Bank Holiday). Admission £2.50-£13 (free for under-5s, family ticket £26). Follow the gallery on Twitter @ComptonVerney.
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