This free online talk will take a closer look at local landscape paintings by Bristol School artists.
These paintings atmospherically captured the natural surroundings of our city during the early 1800s.
For the first time, these pictures successfully canonised the beauty spots which still define any picture of Bristol’s environment today. This is especially true for the Avon Gorge. Crowned by the Clifton Suspension Bridge, it is now the city’s most recognisable and commercially-exploited landmark.
These images, by Francis Danby, Samuel Jackson, and the other members of the group, were part of a wider narrative of British Romantic art and the rise of landscape painting in Britain. Their poetic naturalism reflects Bristol’s particular intellectual climate at the time, especially at the new ‘Bristol Institution’, which had opened in 1823.
The pictures are not only a response to the local natural landscape – they served as its visual conservation at a time when the countryside was undergoing rapid change and industrialisation, like the city of Bristol itself.
Speaker: Jenny Gaschke, curator of fine art (pre-1900)
Jenny previously worked at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in Germany and at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. She specialises in European landscape painting and the Bristol School. Jenny is particularly interested in how historic art can get us talking about the environment.
How to take part
This free, online talk will be held over Zoom. Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 11am on Thursday 23 July.
Although this talk is free, we would be grateful if you could consider making a donation.
Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. It’s up to you whether you turn on your video but all guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk