Gainsborough, My First Love

Art-wise that is :mrgreen: , is and always will be Thomas Gainsborough. I can’t really tell you why, I couldn’t pick out a particular thing that I like about his paintings, I just do.

It was when I first saw a copy of the very famous ‘Blue Boy’, which many of you will recognise. Since then, my parents bought me books, and I’ve looked out for his paintings in all the galleries I’ve been to around the world.

I also went to a special exhibition at the Tate Gallery some years ago, which was amazing. It’s the only time I’ve been so engrossed in looking at the paintings that I could have fallen over the little wire fence that they put up to stop you getting too close!

Also, if you are so inclined, you can visit Gainsborough’s house, which is now a museum.

4 thoughts on “Gainsborough, My First Love

  1. I think they must have had a Gainsborough exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts when I was young, because I’m almost certain I saw Blue Boy there. I could be mistaken, of course – I’ll have to ask my mom. Wow. Just realized how long it’s been since I’ve visited the DIA. A group of us went to the Van Gogh exhibit, but that was five (?) years ago. Time to get over there again.

    • I would be so jealous of you Melissa if you have! I’ve just looked him up actually, as far as I know his current home is the Henry E Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California. So, it’s possible he’s travelled around the US, I don’t think he’s been to the UK for a very long time.

  2. My art appreciation has mostly been via television, but one of the programs I have thoroughly enjoyed was the series done by Sister Wendy Beckett. She helped me really “see” the paintings, and understand the history behind them. The closest I have been to real art is when my friend and I cleaned house for a Navy family and they owned an original Dali. It was quite wonderful to see.

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