English Painting has a long and rich history. It is believed that English painting had been influenced of Celts. However some scholars affirm that real English painting started in the 18th century; this is because the most important painters who worked before in England were foreigners (Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, Anthony van Dyck, etc.), from mainland Europe.
William Hogarth (1697 – 1764) was one of the greatest innovators in English art.
|“||Hogarth was a professional rebel. He found English art sycophantic, and determined to make it independent. Instead of working for a few rich patrons, he evolved the idea of making his living out of popular engravings of his pictures. He believed that the lack of a native school of painting was largely due to the fashions imposed on a credulous public by connoisseurs and critics and he waged continual war on taste and the Old Masters.||”|
Sir Joshua Reynolds
|“||John Constable is today recognised as the major English landscape painter of the 19th century, matched only by his contemporary, J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). But he was not particularly successful during his lifetime.||”|
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