If you are interested in art, you will probably have certain famous artists that you prefer over others. Many people like certain styles or periods of art, while others simply gravitate towards certain specific artists.
England and other parts of the UK have produced many great artists over the centuries. Let’s look at some of the most renowned of them.
English Artists of the 18th and 19th Centuries
English art can be traced very far back in history, but many art historians identify the 18th Century as the time when it began to emerge as a distinctive style.
English portrait artists became very active during this period. Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), for example, was one of the first members of the Royal Society of Arts and painted many portraits of prominent people of his day.
English landscape painters became very popular and influential around this time as well. One of the most renowned of these was Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), best known as J.M.W. Turner, who painted many landscapes, seascapes, portraits and other types of paintings. Some of his best known works include Fishermen at Sea, which is at the Tate Gallery in London and Chichester Canal.
William Blake (1757-1827) is equally famous as an artist and poet. He was a leading figure of the Romantic movement, which was inspired by classical literature and arts. He painted many religious themed paintings, as well as art inspired by literature. For example, his Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing came from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. This painting can be seen at the Tate Gallery in London.
20th Century British Artists
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was an Irish born painter who became known for his abstracted figures that were a departure from traditional portraits. An example of this is Study for the Head of George Dyer, a stylized portrait of a face.
David Hockney (1937-) is an English painter who keeps a residence in California, and he is known for his landscapes of that region as well as portraits and other styles of painting. Recently, he has painted using modern devices such as iPads and iPhones.