River Landscape with Herdsman and Rustic Lovers
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exh. RA 1781
Oil on canvas
A refined pastoral scene by an artist who was active in England in the eighteenth century.
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Thomas Gainsborough was a leading artist of eighteenth century British painting and his art is versatile. He is well-known for his sumptuous portraits of people dressed in ornate clothes, but the artist himself was fond of painting landscapes most of all. His landscape paintings are wide-ranging from naturalistic views of his hometown Suffolk to scenes influenced by seventeenth century Dutch painting and further to pictures of children playing in the countryside, which are referred to as “fancy pictures.” Together with a friend, the French artist Philip James de Loutherbourg, Gainsborough even undertook “eighteenth century light shows” so to speak, which were reverse glass paintings of stage setting-like landscapes. Gainsborough continued to work freely without adhering to the standards and his achievements were indeed fit for him to be called a master of the “English Rococo.”
This painting was presented at an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1781. Rococo-taste motifs such as rustic lovers, a herdboy, and charming cattle are depicted on a decorative oval canvas.