For a long time, traditional landscape painting has been plain unfashionable. In terms of hipness, it currently ranks way down, somewhere between Andrew Lloyd-Webber musicals and legwarmers. A horrifying place to be I imagine. Tellingly, no landscape artist has won the Turner Prize, which has been going since 1984. Given that Turner was a master landscape painter, this is one of British art’s great ironies. So said Oliver Irish in a review of Tate Liverpools’ recent exhibition Paul Nash: Modern Artist, Ancient Landscape.
With this is mind Crane Kalman Gallery is pleased to announce news of their forth-coming exhibition; British Landscape Painting in the Twentieth Century.
Featuring 40 works by artists such as Sir Stanley Spencer, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, David Bomberg, David Hockney and (Richard Long), this show hopes not so much to be an analogue of works by British landscape painters but more a celebration of our nation’s country-side, from tip to toe and season to season, much of it living but some of it lost, occasionally ravaged alternately raw, from quarries in Cornwall (Edward Burra) to dales in Derbyshire (L. S. Lowry).