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This exhibition highlights many of the National Gallery's finest British prints and drawings from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. Several major recent acquisitions will be shown for the first time. Dominant trends in British art of this time include a fascination with the individual and the visionary, a revival of interest in medieval art and subject matter, a revolt against conventional ideas and styles, and a widespread enthusiasm for the sublime and the picturesque. The romantic artist's passionate identification with nature and his belief in its ability to inspire deep emotion led to new developments in landscape, an area particularly well represented in the Gallery's collection by artists as varied as Samuel Palmer, J.M.W. Turner, and John Martin. Romanticism in its purest form peaked before the middle of the 19th century, but many of its major trends lingered in the work of Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones, or reappeared in the 20th century with followers of William Blake and Palmer, such as F.L. Griggs and the early Graham Sutherland.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.


The Artist's Vision: Romantic Traditions in Britain
Organisation: National Gallery, Washington

Werke von William Blake, Edward Burne-Jones, FL Griggs, John Martin, Samuel Palmer, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Graham Sutherland, William Turner, u.a.