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Landskipping : painters, ploughmen and places (edició 2016)

de Anna Pavord

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In Landskipping, Anna Pavord explores some of Britain's most iconic landscapes in the past, in the present, and in literature. With her passionate, personal, and lyrical style, Pavord considers how different artists and agriculturists have responded to these environments. Like the author's previous book The Tulip, Landskipping is as sublime and picturesque as its subject. Landskipping features an eclectic mix of locations, both ecologically and culturally significant, such as the Highlands of Scotland, the famous landscapes of the Lake District, and the Celtic hill forts of the West Country. These are some of the most recognizable landscapes in all of Britain. Along the way, Pavord annotates her fascinating journey with evocative descriptions of the country's natural beauty and brings to life travelers of earlier times who left fascinating accounts of their journeys by horseback and on foot through the most remote corners of the British Isles.… (més)
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Títol:Landskipping : painters, ploughmen and places
Autors:Anna Pavord
Informació:London : Oxford : New York : New Delhi Sydney : Bloomsbury, 2016.
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From the soft rolling hills of the chalk downs, the dramatic white cliffs, the wildness of the Scottish Highlands, the evocative hills and mountains of the Lakes and the long history of Wessex, Britain’s countryside has brought so much inspiration to artists and writers. These places have given us famous poems and paintings, but were also the source of inspiration for men who gave us tourism, a farming revolution and a sense of the picturesque.

In this book Pavord roams from coast to coast, valley to mountain following the people who travelled by foot and horseback to bring us captivating accounts of locations that became culturally significant and are nowadays instantly recognizable. We get a brief overview of artist such as Turner and Constable, the poetry of Wordsworth and the writings of Hardy. The men who transformed our countryside played no less a part; the quintessential image of rolling fields, bordered by hedges was bought about by the enclosure of land, and loss of the commons from the peasants. It is breathtakingly beautiful, but at what cost.

What Pavord writes about with most passion though, is her part of the world; West Dorset. It is a land of hill forts and water meadows, ancient coasts and timeless landscapes. In her exploration of the world outside her backdoor, she considers the struggle still for common land access for people, the delights and horrors of golf courses, coppices rooks and the animal that has moulded this landscape so much, the sheep. Another passion of hers is the spring and autumn light; in this part of the world it can be delightful, bringing out the contrast in the strip lynchets on the hills.

Pavord is an eloquent writer and for a lot of this book it shows. Her prose is captivating as she describes her patch. It is a shame, as she really has a grasp of the history of her part of Dorset and how it became what it is today. Pavord has a good grounding in the current issues that face rural communities in this modern age, to get the balance between accessibility and biodiversity whilst still maintaining the things that draw people to those locations. Good book overall, and in parts was really good, but I did feel that the book is let down by the section on art and artists. It feels that it was added after to fill it out which is a shame really. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Landskipping takes us through the British landscape, stopping here and there at the authors discretion to muse on its beauty, influence on the arts, agriculture, and social history. For those like myself who grew up in the countryside, but are currently living in a city, this reminded me what a wonderful and varied landscape we have in Britain. There are 16 chapters in all, each dealing with a loose theme – for example a specific area or feature, or an historical trend in how the landscape is viewed or used. Pavord is very knowledgeable, and is an enthusiastic and passionate admirer of our landscape, which makes this a very easy book to read and enjoy. Recommended to those who have an interest in the natural world and/or Britain. ( )
  P_S_Patrick | Mar 29, 2017 |
I very much enjoyed this book although I was surprised when it came to an end. Perhaps that was an indication that I was 'involved'. Anna Pavord uses a wide vocabulary and sent me to the dictionary several times: arrish (corn stubble), Danmonian (relating to British ancestors), lynchets (terraces or ridges formed by mediaeval ploughing).

The author covers a wide range of British history - political, social as well as art history. Each of these is linked to its effect on the landscape.

A sizeable portion of the early part of the book is spent outlining the thoughts and travels of William Gilpin - perhaps a little too much.... However he was important and the developments in appreciating landscape such as the artist Richard Wilson (the father of landscape painting in Britain) justified this background.

Pavord highlights and brings to our attention some things which are self-evident but noteworthy. For example at Location 942 she writes 'All landscape is mediated by weather...'. I recall the moods of the landscape across the harbour at Mangonui that I tried to capture on camera in January.

And 'Speed diminishes the gifts that a journey can give you, the gift, for instance, of moving through a landscape slowly enough to be able to watch it, take in its characteristics, observe the land's relationships to the sky, the patterning made by boundaries etc. (Location 1000).

Her advice (Location1017) 'but the smaller the destination, the more carefully you need to match your arrival to it.' - is something which I want to be more conscious of in the future.

While this is a book about British landscape, there is much to apply critically to the New Zealand landscape: 'beauty is entirely bound up with use.' (Location 1525). Once again the landscape across Mangonui Harbour which I referred to before comes to mind. In this country landscape is often separated from use and visitors come to see landscape which is not used - Fiordland or Aorangi National Parks for example.

Landscape is key genre in New Zealand painting: McCahon, White, Siddell and many others. Either the landscape is the focus of the painting or a significant player in the painting. How does what Pavord writes apply to all that? She has left me much to think about here.

Interestingly she notes in the acknowledgements (Location 3271) that she 'commissioned a photographer George Wright... to photograph on particular view throughout one whole year.' Her idea was to try and fix the way that a single landscape changes with the seasons and the time of day. She used that in writing the chapter 15 Thomas Hardy's Wessex. Anna Pavord has also sent me back to W.G.Hoskins 'The Making of the English Landscape'. In addition I have discovered artists such as Howard Phipps, Andy Goldsworthy, Peter Randall-Page (in the Tate collection), Clare Curtis, Richard Bawden, John Jackson and John Brunsdon - many of whom are engravers.

There is a bibliography and an index. ( )
  louis69 | Feb 29, 2016 |
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In Landskipping, Anna Pavord explores some of Britain's most iconic landscapes in the past, in the present, and in literature. With her passionate, personal, and lyrical style, Pavord considers how different artists and agriculturists have responded to these environments. Like the author's previous book The Tulip, Landskipping is as sublime and picturesque as its subject. Landskipping features an eclectic mix of locations, both ecologically and culturally significant, such as the Highlands of Scotland, the famous landscapes of the Lake District, and the Celtic hill forts of the West Country. These are some of the most recognizable landscapes in all of Britain. Along the way, Pavord annotates her fascinating journey with evocative descriptions of the country's natural beauty and brings to life travelers of earlier times who left fascinating accounts of their journeys by horseback and on foot through the most remote corners of the British Isles.

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