Thomas Gainsborough was an 18th-century English painter, known for his romanticized landscapes, romanticized portraits, and delicate, expressive works of art. He was born in 1727 in Suffolk and became one of the most important British painters of the 18th century. Gainsborough began his artistic career as a portrait painter, and his work soon earned him a reputation as a master of the genre. In 1760, he moved to London and set up a studio, where he painted many famous sitters, including King George III.
His famous portrait of the King, completed in 1781, is now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Gainsborough's landscapes, however, are the most famous of his works. His landscapes were typically romanticized, featuring rolling hills, lush gardens, and tranquil lakes. He was also known for his use of light and color, often using warm and bright hues to create a sense of joy and harmony in his paintings. Gainsborough's work also includes many subtle compositions, featuring delicate details and delicate brushwork. His use of subtle colors and tones to convey emotion and atmosphere has been widely admired.
Gainsborough was also a keen observer of nature, and his landscapes often feature the seasons and changes in the landscape. Gainsborough's works have come to be seen as some of the most important of the 18th century. His works are highly sought after and have been featured in galleries and museums around the world. His influence on British art, in particular, has been strong and lasting, and his work continues to inspire contemporary painters.