“I don’t paint so that people will understand me,” said the English romantic painter William Turner, “I paint to show what a particular scene looks like.” Aesthetics and literature blossomed hand in hand from his radical approach to the depiction of nature. Turner inspired the writer John Ruskin, who in turn encouraged the art of Albert Goodwin, who carried the torch of landscape painting post-Turner. Goodwin is now the subject of a new exhibition. “Beauty—the beauty that is in the landscape—is a sealed book to many,” Goodwin wrote in 1888, “hence in a degree the landscape painter may magnify his calling.” —J.V.
In Search of Sun and Shadow: The Art of Albert Goodwin RWS was featured in the October 5, 2019 issue of Air Mail. Read on