Friday 2 November 2012 - Sunday 1 September 2013
This exhibition, drawn from the Ulster Museum collection, traces the history of Irish landscape painting from the 1700s to present.
It is a great strength of the Ulster Museum collection that it includes both historic and contemporary art and is able to provide a seamless survey of Irish landscape painting over the past three hundred years.
Many themes emerge during this long period and perhaps the most pervasive is the poetic and intuitive evocation of nature and place.
This exhibition is arranged into three periods:
- The eighteenth century landscapes reflect the prevailing taste for classical harmony.
- Artists during the nineteenth century, influenced by Romanticism and the Celtic Revival, emphasised the scale and dramatic qualities of the landscape.
- The impact of modernism, in the twentieth century, led artists to question the traditional form of landscape painting. Not all the artists represented are Irish and some Irish artists, such as Roderic O’Conor and Sir John Lavery, are best known for the landscapes they painted abroad.
Image captions, top left is The Waterfall at Powerscourt. George Barret, Snr. 1728/32-84 © National Museums Northern Ireland. Top right is the Ecclesiastical Ruins on Inniscaltra, or Holy Island, Lough Derg, Co. Galway, after sunset: "This Island is one of Great Historic Interest..."-Petrie (c.1863) Bartholomew Colles Watkins 1833-91 © National Museums Northern Ireland. Click images to enlarge.
- This Exhibition is free and will be held in Art 2.