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Painting the View

Painting the View

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  • Sat 10 Dec ’11, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Wed 11 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thu 12 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 13 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 14 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 15 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 16 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 17 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Wed 18 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thu 19 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 20 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 21 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 22 Jan ’12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West St, Ashburton


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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Constable, Turner and British Landscape Watercolourists 1760-1860.

An exhibition developed and presented by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

From the 10th December the Ashburton Art Gallery will be hosting an extraordinary exhibition toured by Te papa. Painting the View features thirty-one watercolour paintings by British artists from 1760-1860 including works by J.M.W Turner and John Constable. We are extremely fortunate to be able to showcase work from the great masters of watercolour, which are of distinct merit both artistically and historically. This selection from Te Papa’s collection of watercolours is drawn from the period when watercolour painting became established in England and reached its greatest sophistication in the genre of landscape painting.

At the same time, landscape painting itself underwent a dramatic rise in popularity. The genre had come to England from Europe, and English artists began to look at their own environment with new eyes. With better roads and communications, the development of tourism in England extended the horizons of traveller and artist alike. Formerly inaccessible regions such as Wales and the Lake District became increasingly common destinations for sketching tours, viewing nature in its wild and uncultivated state. The landscape views that were created - either on their original water colour form or translated into prints - were the picture postcards of a pre-photography age.

The exhibition’s grand opening will take place on Saturday 10th December 1:30pm.

Image: Paul Sandby, The Tower Gate at Windsor Castle 1767, gouache. Te Papa.

Image: John White Abbott, Wooded landscape, about 1800, pen and ink and watercolour. Te Papa.

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