Sunday, May 14, 2017

Today's Birthday Thomas Gainsborough

May 14, 1727. SUFFOLK.- Sir Thomas Gainsborough was an English portrait and landscape painter. Gainsborough was noted for the speed with which he applied his paint, and he worked more from his observations of nature (and of human nature) than from any application of formal academic rules. In this image: Self-portrait, painted 1759.

He was one of the originators of the eighteenth-century British landscape school; though simultaneously, in conjunction with Sir Joshua Reynolds, he was the dominant British portraitist of the second half of the 18th century.
The Blue Boy (1770). The Huntington, California

Gainsborough's most famous work, it is thought to be a portrait of the son of a wealthy merchant. It is a historical costume study, as well as a portrait. It is often paired with a painting by Thomas Lawrence called Pinkie which sits opposite to it at the Huntington Library.

Sarah Siddons, one of the most famous actresses of the 18th century

Ann Ford (later Mrs. Philip Thicknesse), 1760. Creative Commons

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I do know of Gainsborough and have always enjoyed the "Blue Boy" as well as a few other pieces I've seen. I'm assuming that's a self-portrait in the first photo. His portraiture is very good. The detail on the Blue Boy's face almost looks like a photograph.