Joshua Reynolds

British, 1723–1792

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Joshua Reynolds

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British, 1723–1792

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Sir Joshua Reynolds was considered one of the most sought-after portrait artists of 18th-century England, though he was unpopular with the reigning George III. Reynolds studied under Thomas Hudson and Joseph Wright of Derby, and drew influence from Old Masters like Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn. His style was an amalgamation of his international influences, characterized by dramatic lighting, rich colors, and poses borrowed from classical paintings. He became the first president of the Royal Academy upon its founding in 1768 and there delivered his famous and widely influential lectures, the “Discourses on Art”. Reynolds became an important figure not only to his students, but subsequent generations of portrait artists, including Thomas Lawrence and Henry Raeburn.

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Sir Joshua Reynolds was considered one of the most sought-after portrait artists of 18th-century England, though he was unpopular with the reigning George III. Reynolds studied under Thomas Hudson and Joseph Wright of Derby, and drew influence from Old Masters like Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn. His style was an amalgamation of his international influences, characterized by dramatic lighting, rich colors, and poses borrowed from classical paintings. He became the first president of the Royal Academy upon its founding in 1768 and there delivered his famous and widely influential lectures, the “Discourses on Art”. Reynolds became an important figure not only to his students, but subsequent generations of portrait artists, including Thomas Lawrence and Henry Raeburn.

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Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
Tate Britain
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Articles Featuring Joshua Reynolds
10 Artworks That Defined the Rococo Style
May 29th, 2018
10 Artworks That Defined the Rococo Style
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