Although less well-known than Constable with whom he is often compared, John Crome (1768-1821) was an influential landscape painter in his own right. In 1805, he co-founded the Norfolk School (along with other painters such as Charles Hodgson and Robert Dixon) which was the first art movement set up outside of London. Crome contributed 22 works to their first exhibition which was held in the same year as the movement’s foundation and went on to produce over 300 pieces of artwork (in both oils and watercolours) as well as a large body of etchings.
Like Constable, Cromewas interested in depicting the natural world and both painters were the first to paint recognisable species of trees native to the UK. A theme of nature as a background for leisure activities also runs through Crome’s works. A typical example is his ‘Boys Bathing on the River Wensum, Norwich’ which was painted in 1817.
Another element of Crome’s style is his ability to capture the wide open skies of his native Norfolk. This relatively unspoilt area of the UK, with its beaches, harbours and picturesque villages, makes it a popular destination for people who would like to start painting or improve their artistic skills. Despite its relative isolation, it has all the council services of more populated areas of the UK.
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