Each painting is also discussed briefly alongside information on each artist as well. There is a fuller list of the most famous British paintings and artists further down the page, but this website pays particular attention to the likes of JW Turner, JW Waterhouse, Joshua Reynolds, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough among many others.
The best known art movements involved with British art include the Romanticists and the Pre-Raphaelites, which cover up to the end of the 19th century. Since then there have been an impressive set of artists who have dominated contemporary art across Europe, but this website concentrates on the more traditional painting styles which came before the 20th century. You can also find French artists and Italian artists here.
British paintings started to have a major influence within European art once the Renaissance and Baroque periods had passed by and new styles started to gain attention. John Constable and JMW Turner brought landscape painting into the mainstream for the first time with some imaginative and emotional depictions of the British landscape and some years later there was a British-based movement called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood which continued to attract academic interest to the UK with a flurry of skilled artists following a similar approach to their work which also proved very popular with the art public of that era.
The history of British art is filled with some large artistic institutions which remain very strong today, with the best examples including the Royal Academy and the different versions of the Tate which continues to expand. The Tate has now been extended to include locations in Cornwall and Liverpool plus an additional museum is available on London's Southbank which is solely for modern art. The Royal Academy has always selected the finest artists within Britain at any one time and served as an excellent historical record of the major influences over time.