Luminous Worlds: British Works on Paper, 1760–1900

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View of Kenilworth Castle, ca. 1830 Watercolor And Gouache On Wove Paper © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, gift of Osgood Hooker, 1967.4
Luminous Worlds: British Works on Paper, 1760–1900
Curated by: Emerson Bowyer

Clement St & 34th Ave
Lincoln Park
94121 San Francisco
July 11th, 2015 - November 29th, 2015

Tue-Sun 9:30-5:15
painting, drawing


In celebration of J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free (de Young, June 20–September 20, 2015), the Legion of Honor presents an exhibition featuring drawings, watercolors, and oil sketches by Joseph Mallord William Turner and his contemporaries, including Thomas Gainsborough, John Robert Cozens, William Blake, John Constable, John Martin, and Samuel Palmer. This installation will emphasize the rich holdings of the Fine Arts Museums’ Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, as well as important examples from private collections in San Francisco.

Luminous Worlds gathers about 40 works, ranging widely in subject matter and technique, that reveal the richness and versatility of British artistic production over the course of a century. The exhibition reflects the 18th-century vogue for portraiture and caricature; the rise of landscape painting, especially in watercolors; the Romantic engagement with themes from mythology and literature; and 19th-century Orientalism. Highlights include Gainsborough’s Upland Landscape with Figures, Riders, and Cattle (ca. 1780–1790), Sir Thomas Lawrence’s Portrait of Mrs. Sarah Siddons (ca. 1790), Blake’s The Complaint of Job (ca. 1786), and Turner’s View of Kenilworth Castle (ca. 1830).

The exhibition is curated by Emerson Bowyer, research assistant, European Paintings.

This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Support for the presentation of digital content associated with this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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