19 May 2006
In his paintings Jacob van Ruisdael deliberately distorted the appearance of reality. He combined picturesque motifs into ensembles that had never existed and set them under skies with impossible cloud formations. He twisted his landscapes so that they would both seem and not seem to have been viewed from a high mountain. He cast shadows where none could be cast and threw light where none could be thrown. All of these distortions had an expressive purpose, and in this lecture Dr Paul Taylor of the Warburg Institute examines the artist’s pictorial means of expression.
Reynolds Room, Royal Academy; 6.30–7.30pm unless otherwise stated; £14/£6 students (incl. exhibition entry & drink), £10 (incl. a drink)