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John Robert Cozens

Solemn Grandeur

1777–1791

Cozens executed watercolors in curious atmospherical effects and illusions which had some influence on Thomas Girtin and J. M. W. Turner. Indeed, his work is full of poetry. There is a solemn grandeur in his Alpine views and a sense of vastness, a tender tranquility and a kind of mystery in most of his paintings, leaving parts in his pictures for the imagination of the spectator to dwell on and search into. John Constable called him “the greatest genius that ever touched landscape.” On the other hand, Cozens never departed from his primitive, almost rudimentary, manner of painting, which causes several of his works to look very like coloured engravings.

Solemn Grandeur
Rome from the Villa Mellini, date unknown
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The Colosseum from the North, 1780
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Cetara on the Gulf of Salerno, 1790
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Isola Bella On Lago Maggiore, 1783
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Lake Nemi, 1783–1788
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Lake of Albano and Castel Gandolfo, 1783–1788
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Lake of Albano and Castel Gandolfo at sunset, 1777
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Mountains overlooking a lake, date unknown
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Padua, 1782
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The Approach to Martigny, date unknown
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View of the Villa Lante on the Janiculum in Rome, 1782–1783
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View over Greenwich, 1791
Location: Europe
Movement: Romanticism

Text: Wikipedia


Posted: April 2018
Category: Painting