UMFA Presents British Passion for Landscape Show

British Passion
Thomas Gainsborough, Rocky Wooded Landscape with Rustic Lovers, Herdsman, and Cows. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – August 29, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – A rare gathering of stunning British landscape paintings and photographs by legendary artists opens at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) today for a 15-week fall run.

The UMFA is one of four exclusive U.S. museums to host “The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces” from National Museum Wales, and the only venue in the western United States.

More than 60 oil and watercolor paintings and photographs, drawn from the remarkable collections of Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales, chart the rise of landscape art in Britain through works from such masters as J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, Claude Monet, Thomas Gainsborough and Richard Wilson.

“Not since the UMFA hosted Monet to Picasso from the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2008 have Utah audiences had access to artists of such art historical significance here at home,” said Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA’s executive director. “This exhibition gives Utahns a unique opportunity to experience Turner, Constable and Monet right here in Salt Lake City.”

“The British Passion for Landscape” begins during the Industrial Revolution and explores the eras of romanticism, impressionism and modernism through the postmodern and post-industrial imagery of today. The work references both the poetry of landscape and the environmental threats posed by industrialism—key themes that persist in British art today and that will resonate with Utah audiences.

“Utah and Great Britain share some unique cultural ties and qualities,” Dietrich said. “Both places are famous for stunning scenery celebrated by many great artists over time, and both know the tensions that can arise between a bucolic and an industrial vision of the land. On a more personal level, many Utahns’ cultural roots are in Britain, so these places and their history will resonate with many in our region.”

Visitors can explore the landscape tradition more deeply, through examples made closer to home, elsewhere in the museum this fall. Constructing the Utah Landscape, on view concurrently with The British Passion for Landscape, guides visitors of all ages in a hands-on exploration of landscape technique. The interactive exhibition, on view in the UMFA’s Emma Eccles Jones Education Gallery, showcases more than a dozen objects from the UMFA’s Art of Utah and the West collection, including works by Maynard Dixon, LeConte Stewart and V.
Douglas Snow.

While “The British Passion for Landscape: Masterpieces” from National Museum Wales is on view, UMFA general admission prices are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth. Patrons who qualify for free admission will continue to receive this benefit.

Admission is free to all visitors on first Wednesdays and third Saturdays of the month, thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program.

More information is available at UMFA.


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