Rocky, Wooded Landscape with a Dell and Weir

Rocky, Wooded Landscape with a Dell and Weir

c. 1782-1783

Thomas Gainsborough

(British, 1727-1788)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 89.5 x 110 x 8 cm (35 1/4 x 43 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 70.5 x 91 cm (27 3/4 x 35 13/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1984.59

Fun Fact

Gainsborough collected and was inspired by Dutch landscape painting.

Description

In a sketchy manner, Gainsborough convincingly singled out the various elements comprising this sweeping landscape—meadow, rocks, trees—by only slightly varying colors and brushstrokes. At the same time, however, a great sense of unity prevails. Although the bulk of Gainsborough's artistic output was portraits, he insisted that landscape was his first love.

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