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'Night, most glorious night, thou wert not made for slumber', 1874
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   •   Landscape painting   •   Wikipedia: John MacWhirter
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In today's language we use the word "romance" to explain an emotional, atmospheric state. In art, however, the term refers to an epoch from the end of the eighteenth century onwards. The romanticist turned away from classical models to dream and mythical worlds. The Romantic artists longed for a new attitude to life, they strove for a return to nature and were characterized by a great wanderlust and interest in foreign cultures.
John MacWhirter was also affected by this longing for nature and wanderlust. However, his work was not marked by the deep melancholy that made some of his artistic contemporaries sink into world-weariness. Like many artists of this time, John's travels took him to Italy; he particularly loved the Alps. He also travelled to Austria-Hungary and Switzerland, as well as Norway, Turkey and even the USA.

In 1837 a woman ascended the throne in the British Kingdom with Queen Victoria. In the same year Agnes MacWhirter gave birth to little John in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. His father George was a paper manufacturer. Perhaps it was the connection to paper that sparked the love of painting in the MacWhirters. John's sister Agnes was highly regarded as the painter of Sillleben. John MacWhirter loved to work in the great outdoors. He painted mainly peaceful landscapes and made studies of trees. His paintings often show mountain panoramas with jagged rocks, rugged valleys, sunlit lakes or wooded mountains, all covered by a vivid sky. He also liked to paint the highlands of his Scottish homeland. It is always striking how much he loved to depict the trees in detail.

Not only the travels, but also the women shaped John's life. He was 13 when his father died. From then on his mother, aunt and sisters determined his life, which for a teenager doesn't have to mean the worst influence. Already at 14 the boy knew that he wanted to become a painter and exhibited his first works at the Royal Scottish Academy. Later John studied at the Trustees Academy and made close friends with his fellow student William MacTaggart, who was to have a strong influence on John's later work.
At the age of 32 MacWirther moved to London, where he made a name for himself as a watercolourist and oil painter. As an important Victorian artist he was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts since 1879. Also in London, the important women of the family lived in his household. By the way, his address there was the Abbey Road, which later should get famous through the Beatles. The painter was already 35 years old when he married his wife Katherine. The couple had four children who - who is surprised? - were looked after by John's sisters. John MacWhirter was a social and dutiful man. Until a week before his death - he died of bronchitis - he worked in his studio. © Meisterdrucke




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