Wilson's Geometry

The compostion of this18th century canvas in the collection begs for attention. Artists' expressions of spacial relations on the planar surface have sometimes addressed the illusion of perspective, and at other times, have conveyed the sublime harmonies revealed through direct contact with nature. The need to impose an enlightened logic of spacial division, as seen here, yielded to the more transcendental restlessness in the century to follow. This work captures the artist and his family held in a pastoral idyll that is underpinned with a studied armature.

Other examples follow that expose similarly constructed designs...

Richard Wilson, R.A. (British, 1714-1782)

Tivoli Cascatelle, c. 1755

Oil on Canvas

25.5 x 30 in.

AH 70.7.5

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