The British World

5 Famous British Paintings

Monarch of the Glen

Canvas. Brush. Paint. After the Renaissance and Baroque periods, British paintings began conquering the world of art through their modern styles. Because of the Brits, landscape painting became the center of attention among artists. They even started the movement named “Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood” which introduced more imaginative and emotional paintings of the British landscape. The British movement also included painters like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JW Waterhouse, and William Holman-Hunt.

Painting has evolved through the test of time. Nowadays, even paint sprayers from paint sprayer mag can be used for art. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the olden, famous paintings today.

Let’s take a closer look at the five favorite British paintings.

Blue Boy

Painted by Thomas Gainsborough, this is probably the best work done by a British painter. Gainsborough became prominent because of his unique fusions of portraits within landscapes which were his original idea during his time. No wonder he received many commissions.

Blue Boy

Ophelia

This classic painting by Millais is an excellent art under the Pre-Raphaelite movement.  For this work of art, Millais even hired a model to take a bath in the river at a slow pace so he could make his canvas lifelike. It is also a Pre-Raphaelite painting inspired by the British literature.

Ophelia

Hay Wain

Another classic epitome of the British art is this painting by John Constable, which he finished in 1821. It portrays a rural scene on the River Stour, located between Suffolk and Essex. This artwork is considered one of the greatest British paintings of all time. Constable, who was committed to landscape painting, believed that he must paint his own places best.

Constable's Hay Wain

Singing Butler

This renowned work of art is done by a gifted Scottish painter named Jack Vettriano. Even though he was rejected by some art institutions, he still pursued painting. In 1992, the original canvas of “The Singing Butler” was sold at an auction for £744,500. Today, this painting is known as the best-selling image in Britain.

The Singing Butler

Monarch of the Glen

Thanks to the talent of Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, we can now appreciate this classic painting which illustrates the Scottish landscape. Landseer was recognized for his paintings of animals, particularly stags, horses, and dogs. His best works, however, are the lions in the Trafalgar Square, which he sculpted.

Monarch of the Glen