Sir Joshua Reynolds ( Plympton 1723- Londres 1792 ) :
English painter markedly neoclassical style. It was the seventh son of clergyman Samuel Reynolds, and at seventeen he went to London to study with a portrait painter Thomas Hudson, gifted artist, who overcame Reynolds rápidamente.- Although at the time the most valued painting was called ” History “, Reynolds came to fame as a painter of portraits, still the favorite of high society and nobility.
Gotta give their portraits a poetic air, and nobility of heroic painting, combined with a certain natural grace. It was a great scholar of classical methods imitating their pigments and their means, to the point that his paintings desconchaban before its rivals as Gainsborough. But this envied and wrote of his painting that defining it as “that great idea that gives the paint its true dignity to speak to the heart”.
His influence and teaching among English painters was great and received numerous awards for his work. He was the first President of the Royal Academy in 1768, and the following year he was knighted. In 1769 and 1770 I speak in the Academy his famous 15 “Discourses on Art”, which have been considered as the most poignant and coherent ideals based on the British contribution Italian Renaissance art.
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The painting was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of New York, and next to the portrait of Captain Robert Orme of the National Gallery in London, are two of the great military portraits of Romanticism. The portrayed though I entered the army in 1776 was never actually on active duty, retiring in 1795. Among others I am part of the First Regiment of Guards Infantry Regiment and the Grenadier Guards .-
The painting, in its classical and reminiscent of Dick Van portraits that caused school in England, is of great boldness in composition, with the official support your back on the tree, while the foreshortening of the horse with its neck seems enclose and protect the figure of Colonel .- The attitude portrayed staring at the viewer, and his relaxed pose, his hat in his hand, and his sword hung at his side, but studied denote casual negligence. It portrays a knight.
Table dominated by warm, red tones uniform, brown horse and also of the tree and earth, only some bits of blue sky set the tone cold color. In this case, the brushstrokes of Reynolds are not as detailed as in most of his portraits, especially when it has to represent the tactile qualities of dresses in closest portraits, here your brush strokes are more daring and spontaneous .-
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