IMPRESSIONISTIC watercolours by painter Albert Goodwin are on show at Salisbury Museum in Visionary Landscapes, the first exhibition of 2020, running until 18th April.
Albert Goodwin, (1845 – 1932), was born in Maidstone in Kent. One of his major influences was JMW Turner – like Turner, Goodwin’s exceptional artistic ability was recognized at an early age. He was only 15 years old, when his first painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy.
His work was championed by the famous art critic, John Ruskin, who took him on a landscape tour of Europe in 1872 and this helped spark his lifelong love of travel and landscape painting. By 1876, he had become an associate member of the Royal Watercolour Society.
Goodwin was a painter with the soul of a poet. He responded to landscape in a way that could almost be interpreted as a blend of Turner’s technique and the Pre-Raphaelite philosophy of “truth to nature,” to create a delicate style of his own.
He experimented with a variety of techniques, using ink over watercolour to create atmospheric lighting effects, recording iridescent landscapes, which have also become an important record of social history.
Pictured: Salisbury Cathedral by Albert Goodwin © The Salisbury Museum