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Meet the Masters

Grade Four

ARTIST: PRINT:

GAINSBOROUGH, THOMAS

BLUE BOY HUNTINGTON LIBRARY CALIFORNIA

(GANZ-bor-uh) (1727-1788)

British School Date: circa 1770 Size: 70” x 48” Medium: Oil on canvas

ARTIST - Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury, England. He spent most of his life living in England. He is considered mainly a landscape and portrait artist. He was able to capture a likeness of the subjects in his portraits that made him a much sought after portrait artist. He was also very skilled in his handling of paint. Gainsborough painted all of his paintings himself - he never hired anyone to help him. It appears he used very long brushes and diluted his oil paints with turpentine to make them thinner and more like watercolors. Gainsborough was the most famous portrait painter of his time in England. He had 2 daughters and died from a disease of the throat.

PRINT - In Blue Boy, Gainsborough shows his skill as a portrait artist. Dressed in satin and feathers, this young gentleman poses haughtily in front of a country landscape. The pride of birth and destiny is obvious in every detail. Full-length, life-sized canvases like this decorated the grand stairways of the country houses of wealthy people in England. Gainsborough liked to match the unspoiled beauty of the landscape with the natural beauty of his subjects. Not only was he able to capture the likeness of his subjects, but he was also skilled at capturing textures. The shiny, smooth satin, the fluffy feather, and the soft landscape show his skill.

PORTFOLIO B PAIRED WITH:

GAUGUIN THE POOR FISHERMAN

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