Date:  19 October 2012 10:00 - 27 January 2013 17:00
Category:  Exhibition

In Front of Nature - the European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley

The first ever UK exhibition devoted to the paintings and career of Thomas Fearnley is now on display at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham.

Fearnley (1802 - 1842) - Norwegian, but of English ancestry - is one of Scandinavia's most important landscape painters. From 1836 to 1838, he spent 21 months in Britain, painting views of the Lake District along with paintings of his native fjords and forests, mountains, rivers and lakes. This exhibition tracks Fearnley's grand European tours, focusing particularly upon his time in Britain and Lake District.

By some critics, Fearnley was thought to possess a talent for landscape that rivalled Turner's. And indeed, he paid tribute to the British artist - albeit with a characteristic dash of humour - in one of his best-known paintings, Turner on Varnishing Day. While from a British point of view, however, his star in the firmament of artist subsequently dimmed, he is in Norway still revered as one of the founding fathers of Scandinavian painting.

At the exhibition in Birmingham, UK visitors will have the opportunity to get to know Fearnley for the first time. Extensive new research has been made for the purpose of this exhibition, and it will offer not only an overview of Fearnley as an impressive landscape painter but also a glimpse into the personal relationships and enthusiasms of his engaging and humorous personality.

In Front of Nature: The European Landscapes of Thomas Fearnley
19 October 2012 – 27 January 2013
Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
B15 2TS

Free entrance

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