Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting

Cover, Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting

Edited by Martin Postle and Robin Simon

With contributions by Steffen Egle, Oliver Fairclough, Rachel Flynn, Rosie Ibbotson, Jason M. Kelly, Lars Kokkonen, Kate Lowry, Bethany McIntyre, Martin Postle, Robin Simon, Ana Maria Suarez Huerta, Paul Spencer-Longhurst, Charlotte Topsfield, Scott Wilcox, and Jonathan Yarker

Published by the Yale Center for British Art and Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales, in association with Yale University Press

348 pages, 9 1/2 x 12 inches, 280 illustrations, cloth, ISBN 9780300203851

Publication date: April 22, 2014

Long known as the father of British landscape painting, Richard Wilson (1714–1782) was at the heart of a profound conceptual shift in European landscape art. This magnificently illustrated volume not only situates Wilson’s art at the beginning of a native tradition that led to John Constable and J. M. W. Turner but compellingly argues that, in Rome during the 1750s, Wilson was part of an international group of artists who reshaped the art of Europe. Rooted in the work of great seventeenth-century masters such as Claude Lorrain but responding to the early stirrings of neoclassicism, Wilson forged a highly original landscape vision that, through the example of his own works and the tutelage of his pupils in Rome and later in London, established itself throughout northern Europe.

Martin Postle is Deputy Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. Robin Simon is Honorary Professor of English, University College London, and Editor, The British Art Journal.

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