Creating the Romantic View. In the summer of 2015, we were in a residency in Sudbury, Suffolk (UK), hometown of Thomas Gainsborough. Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable, hailed portrait painters of their time, are well-known because they had a keen eye for the quality of their surroundings, opening up a new genre of romantic landscape painting in early 18th century Britain. Their bond with nature to express is the painterly quality that flows right into what is now called the Era of Romanticism, which engulfed Europe in the second half of the 18th century.
In Suffolk and North Essex, from Sudbury to East Bergholt, a large part of these inspiring romantic landscapes are still in place. The rolling hills and hollow roads, the lusty green of forest edges, hedges and old trees, broken up by golden wheat fields. Looking at these awesome heritage landscapes and panoramas, some as old as the Roman ways, we are confidently adding our romantic view to the scene in order to bring new focus to nature’s endurance with men and to celebrate that this beauty, when one perceives it, is there for us all to enjoy.
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