English landscape and portrait painter and engraver
June 16, 1792,
in Bloomsbury, London.
Linnell was a naturalist and a rival to John Constable. He had a taste for Northern European art of the Renaissance, particularly Albrecht Dürer. He also associated with William Blake, to whom he introduced Samuel Palmer and others of the Ancients.
Linnell has over 150 oil paintings in public ownership in the United Kingdom.
So here’s a glimpse of his work & [few] words
“I then saw that elaborate drawing which is only to be acquired by drawing the naked figure was essential in everything – in trees and rocks as much as the figure itself”
“… I was incapable of forsaking my first love of poetical Landscapes which I lived to paint- the portraits I painted to live, yet I endeavoured to make portrait painting subservient to my chief object – by painting flesh and human expression I learnt to paint individual nature with more force and fidelity…”
The music I’ve chosen is from a composer who was born the same year as Linnell with an aria from “Barbiere di Siviglia“, sung by Maria Callas