"We are all going to
heaven and Van Dyck is of the company."
Cause of Death - Cancer, Age 62
Thomas Gainsborough Paintings (click to enlarge)
Thomas Gainsborough Biography
Thomas Gainsborough was born in the small village of Sudbury, Suffolk. His father dispatched him to London when he was just a lad of fourteen. Young Tom spent several years studying art with the eccentric Hayman, an English designer and portraitist. Gainsborough was also tutored by an old curmudgeon named Gravelot. Gravelot was a well known French illustrator and engraver.
When he was 19 the young painter married a local heiress. The newlyweds lived first in Ipswich and then in settled in the more refined Bath. Gainsborough painted portraits of the nobility. His backgrounds were lush, beautiful landscapes to liven up his portraits. The artist voraciously studied old masters such as Rubens, and Van Dyck. He was influenced by their colors and compositions. Gainsborough was one of the first English artists who painted the scenic countryside for its own sake instead of just as a background for a portrait. He famously asserted "I'm sick of Portraits and wish very much to take my Viol da Gamba and walk off to some sweet Village where I can paint Landskips and enjoy the fag End of Life in quietness and ease."
. Gainsborough loved old bridges, winding roadways, gnarled oaks, cattle
grazing, and all the diverse beauties of quiet country life. He educated the collector, and educated the people
into a closer observation and study of nature. Gainsborough stood at the
crossways of progress and pointed the way.
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