Great landscapes: Benjamin Williams Leader

It may be a month early, but this is exactly what it’s like out there. Leader was highly regarded in his day, but is vulnerable to accusations of being kitschy, in our cynical 21st century eyes. I think it’s masterly on many levels. Look at the expanded image, the water is rendered brilliantly, despite the ‘photographic’ quality the brush strokes are almost impressionistic.

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February fill dyke. Benjamin Williams Leader, 1881. Birmingham Museums Trust

 

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3 thoughts on “Great landscapes: Benjamin Williams Leader

  1. Rather disappointingly the earth is not hard as iron and the water is not like a stone. It is bleak though. I like the light in this painting, I am looking forward to the return of the sun. Happy New Year to you.

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