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quinta-feira, 23 de fevereiro de 2012

Art in London

Most people are very impressed by the amount of art on display in London.
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square has one of the largest collections of pictures in the world.
The National Portrait Gallery is situated just around the corner from the National Gallery.
Tate Britain is on the river Thames and it´s near the Houses of Parliament. There are a lot of modern paintings there as well as pictures by Turner and Constable, but many of the very recent ones have been taken to Tate Modern. Art enthusiasts can travel from Tate Modern to Tate Britain by a boat service called "Tate to Tate".

Famous British Painters

Hogarth, The Marriage Contract
William Hogarth (1697-1764) is best known for his satirical drawings of 18th century London life.
Reynolds, Miss Bowles
Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) is best known for being a portrait painter and the first president of the Royal Academy.
Stubbs, Bay Hunter by a Lake

George Stubbs (1724-1806) is best known for his paintings of horses.
Gainsborough, Mrs. Grace Dalryr
 Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) is best known for his paintings of ladies in big long dresses with large curly silver wigs.
Blake, Seven spirits of God
William Blake (1757-1827) is best known for his mystical religious paintings and his poetry.
Turner, Fishermen at sea
William Turner (1775-1851) is best known for his paintings of sea, sky, ships and landscapes.
Constable, the Cornfield
John Constable (1776-1837) is best known for his paintings of English country landscapes.
Palmer, Garden in Shoreham
Samuel Palmer (1803-1881) is best known for producing small landscapes with intense religious feelings.
Frith, Annie Gambart
William Powell Frith (1819-1909) is best known for being one of Queen Victoria´s favourite painters.
Leisure Hours
Millais, Leisure Hours
John Everett Millais (1829-1896) is best known for being one of the most prosperous artists in history.
Lowry, A Riverbank
L S Lowry (1887-1976) is best known for his paintings of British northern industrial towns. 
Bacon, Study for a Crucifixion
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) is best known for his graphic abstract figures.

Hockney, Pool with two figures
David Hockney (1937-) is best known for his paintings of Californian swimming pools and 1960s people.

References :
Johnson, Sarah and Jane Myles. London! Scholastic, 2007
Vaizey, Marina. 100 Masterpieces of Art. Peerage Books, 1979

2 comentários:

  1. Wow!I did not know half of the those artists. Got to admit though that my favourite ones are Turner and Constable. It is indeed MUITA FIXE :)

  2. My mum and I had a wonderful day in the National Gallery many, many years ago, looking for my favourite paintings from a book I had called 'The Art Book'. My particular favourite was very hard to find because we didn't know it would be so small! Here it is: http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/roelandt-savery-orpheus

    I can't say I like it very much now, but I can see how I did as a child.

    I also based my GCSE Art project around the Hockney that you've used here :) I do like his work... but Turner's still my favourite! I'd never heard of many of these either, but I do like that Palmer one. x