Looking Ahead…Painting With Light @Tate Britain

From the 11th May, Tate Britain will be exploring the mutual influences of British painters and photographers, which will span across 75 years. 


Bringing together 200 pieces of art, the exhibition will take visitors on a journey from the first explorations of movement and illumination by David Octavius Hill to the compositions at the turn of the century to examine how painters and photographers have redefined notions of beauty and art itself.

The rise of photography coincided with a range of revolutionary ideas in the arts, questioning the way in which pictures should be created and seen. Painting with Light will reveal how the lines between photography and painting became blurred – for example how photography adapted the old master traditions with which they had been trained and then engaged with the radical naturalism of the likes of JMW Turner.

This latest display at Tate Britain will also celebrate the role of many women photographers such as Zaida Ben Yusuf and Julia Margaret Cameron – whose friendships with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and George Frederic Watts are examined in a room devoted to their portraits of each other.

Carol Jacobi, Curator British Art 1850-1915, Tate Britain said: “Painting with Light offers new insights into Britain’s most popular artists and reveals just how vital painting and photography were to one another.”

Highlights of the exhibition include examples of three dimensional photography, a previously unseen album in which the Royal family painstakingly re-enacted famous paintings and rare examples of early coloured photography.

It will feature work by artists such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JAM Whistler, John Singer Sargent and John William Waterhouse.

Painting with Light opens to the public from the 11th may and will run at Tate Britain until the 25th September. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/painting-light

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