Lors de son séjour à Londres, Gainsborough peint le portrait du roi George III et la reine Charlotte. Avant sa mort en 1788, il se tourna du portrait à des compositions picturales, produisant quelque 200 paysages, en plus de sa production prolifique d'environ 800 portraits de l'aristocratie Anglaise.
Gainsborough lui-même considérait la peinture de paysage pour être son point fort, mais c'est son travail de portraitiste qui lui donna la renommée qu'on connait.
Gainsborough est unique en son genre en tant qu'artiste, il n'a pas a demandé ni accepté d'étudiants, étant est à l'aise monétairement. Pour parfaire son éducation artistique il se rendit en Italie et en France pour étudier l'art classique et l'antiquités.
Certains des tableaux de Gainsborough les plus populaires incluent «Le Blue Boy", "Le Panier du marché» (Tate Gallery, Londres), "Les ramasseuses de bois", et "Robert Andrews et Marie, et de nombreux tableaux de son épouse et de ses filles dont ''Margaret''. (Voir soyez l'expert sur notre site attribution à Gainsborough »
D'importants travaux de Gainsborough en Grande-Bretagne peuvent être vu à Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire), La Tate Britain Gallery et la National Gallery (Londres), et la National Gallery of Scotland (Edimbourg).
Gainsborough House, Sudbury, dans le Suffolk. Gainsborough sa ville natale, aujourd'hui un musée contenant une collection que les œuvres de Thomas Gainsborough.
Thomas Gainsborough was born in 1727, the son of John Gainsborough, a cloth merchant living in Sudbury, Suffolk. It was not long before the younger Gainsborough showed a marked talent for art, and at the tender age of 13 he was sent to London to study.
For the next 8 years Gainsborough studied in London under the engraver Gravelot. He also became familiar with the Flemish style of painting which was then very popular with art dealers.
In 1746 Gainsborough married Margaret Burr, widely held to be the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of Bedford. Before he returned to Sudbury in 1748, Gainsborough produced his first well-known work, The Charterhouse.
Two years later he moved to Ipswich, where he had his first commercial success as a painter, completing many small portraits and two larger landscapes commissioned by the Duke of Bedford.
In 1759 the Gainsborough family was on the move once more, this time to the fashionable spa town of Bath, where high society congregated. It was in Bath that Gainsborough became truly popular as a portrait artist, concentrating on full-length, life-sized images.
In 1768 Gainsborough became one of the founders of the Royal Academy, though he later had a falling out with the organizers of the RA exhibits. After 1784 Gainsborough refused to exhibit at the Royal Academy, and instead, created his own showings at his London house in Pall Mall.
During his stay in London, Gainsborough painted the King George III and Queen Charlotte. Before his death in 1788, he turned from portraiture to pictorial compositions, producing in all some 200 landscapes in addition to his prolific output of about 800 portraits of the English aristocracy.
Gainsborough himself considered landscape painting to be his strong suit, although it is his portrait work that gives him lasting fame.
Gainsborough is unique as an artist in that he neither sought nor accepted students. Nor did he undertake the almost obligatory Grand Tour of Italy and France to study classical art and antiquities.
Some of Gainsborough's most popular paintings include "The Blue Boy", "The Market Cart" (Tate Gallery, London), "The Wood Gatherers", and "Robert Andrews and Mary, His Wife" (National Gallery, London).
Major works by Gainsborough in Britain can be seen at Waddesdon Manor (Buckinghamshire), The Tate Britain Gallery and National Gallery (London), and the National Gallery of Scotland (Edinburgh).
Gainsborough's House, Sudbury, Suffolk. Gainsborough's birthplace, now a fine museum containing a collection of his works.
Année : 1750 - 52
Medium : Gravure d'aprÃ¨s Gainsborough- Etching after Gainsboroough
48.2 x 35 cm. - 19 x 13Â½ in
Prix : $ 1,200.
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