In this talk, Professor Will Vaughan will provide an introduction to the art of Samuel Palmer – one of the most original and inventive landscape painters of the Romantic era in the early 19th Century.
Although not as well-known as his contemporaries Turner and Constable, Palmer’s intense depictions of the English countryside have always attracted a strong following of enthusiasts, and they have inspired many later British artists, such as Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, John Piper and Eric Ravilious.
In his recent book, Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall, (Yale 2015), Will explored Palmer’s art anew by using many documents he had discovered that changed the understanding of the artist’s life, particularly his early years. He also provided a fresh interpretation of the artist’s practice, showing its connections with other critics of the establishment of his time, such as the Pre-Raphaelites.
Tea will be available after the talk at about 15.45.
Will is a former Curator at Tate Britain, and Professor Emeritus of History of Art at the University of London. He has organised numerous exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. An award winning writer, he has published books on British and European art, including Romanticism and Art (Thames and Hudson), British Painting: The Golden Age (Thames and Hudson), Caspar David Friedrich (Phaidon), William Blake (Tate) and German Romantic Painting (Yale University Press). He curated the Samuel Palmer Exhibition at the British Museum in 2005 (to mark the Bicentenary of Palmer’s birth), and his recent book on Palmer was the result of extensive research undertaken for this exhibition and during the following 10 years. He is now about to undertake a volume on 19th century British Art in the Pelican History of Art Series, while for light relief he makes etchings of local views.
The image used here is Palmer's etching of the Sleeping Shepherd (1857) included in Art History News February 2 2013.