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Landscape through Painting

Hugh Prince
Geography
Vol. 69, No. 1 (January 1984), pp. 3-18
Published by: Geographical Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40570767
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Paintings portray aspects of landscapes that geographers frequently ignore. English scenes depicted by Chinese, French impressionists and Venetian artists appear strange and alien; it is difficult to identify distinctively English characteristics. Important themes in the geography of Wales and England are illustrated by five paintings: a geomorphological subject by Richard Wilson, ameteorological study by John Constable, an agricultural scene by George Lambert, a reflection on industrialisation by J. M. W. Turner and a symbolic composition by Paul Nash. By understanding pictorial symbolism geographers discover freshmeanings in landscapes and gain deeper knowledge of attitudes towards different environments. An artistic appreciation of landscape should be learned at school.

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