Romantics to Moderns is a veritable survey of British art from the late 18th to the early
20th centuries, drawn from the outstanding collection of BNY Mellon.
Highlights from the exhibit include Hampstead, 1833 by John Constable, which gives evidence of the artist’s interest and near-scientific study of clouds. An extraordinary highlight is the ethereal Barnard Castle, by J.M.W. Turner, a mature work in which he floods the smooth, shiny white paper with transparent washes.
Also on view are several large-scale watercolors, some of which are roughly two feet in length, including David Cox’s mysterious Evening. These works demonstrate the grand scale with which British artists presented their highly finished watercolors. Many early watercolors were not intended to be framed and hung on the wall, but rather to be studied in portfolios and albums, making these presentation pieces rare finds. The landscape tradition and interest in pastoral subject matter present in these works continued well into the mid-19th century. Detailed watercolors such as a farm scene by Samuel Palmer and a majestic mountain view, Ullswater at Midday, by Alfred Willim Hunt are prime examples. One of 19th century art’s most important figures, John Ruskin is represented by two watercolors, including an exuberant view of Venice.
Inspired by the wonderful art collection of collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon, BNY Mellon’s collection began in 1980. It represents more than three decades of building and refinement, begun with a core group of classic English watercolors that tell the historic story. Paul Mellon’s legacy includes generous gifts to the National Gallery of Art, the Virginia Museum of Art, as well as the establishment of the Yale Center for British Art and the London Center for British Studies in the History of Art.
Erie Art Museum 19.10.2013 - 12.01.2014
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