Project

The Art of Seeing Nature Masterpieces from Tate Britain

November 2010 – January 2011

The Art of Seeing Nature: Masterpieces from Tate Britain was presented at Sayyid Faisal bin Ali Museum, Muscat from 30 November 2010 – 25 January 2011. The exhibition was organised as a pioneering collaboration between the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Oman and Tate. It was conceived by Tate and the Ministry of Heritage and Culture in Oman as a British contribution to the 40th National Day of the Sultanate of Oman

Thomas Gainsborough, ‘Sunset: Carthorses Drinking at a Stream’ c.1760
Thomas Gainsborough
Sunset: Carthorses Drinking at a Stream c.1760
Tate
George Stubbs, ‘Mares and Foals in a River Landscape’ c.1763–8
George Stubbs
Mares and Foals in a River Landscape c.1763–8
Tate
John Constable, ‘The Grove, Hampstead’ c.1821–2
John Constable
The Grove, Hampstead c.1821–2
Tate
Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘The Golden Bough’ exhibited 1834
Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Golden Bough exhibited 1834
Tate
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, ‘Dew-Drenched Furze’ 1889–90
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
Dew-Drenched Furze 1889–90
Tate
John Singer Sargent, ‘The Mountains of Moab’ 1905
John Singer Sargent
The Mountains of Moab 1905
Tate

The Art of Seeing Nature: Masterpieces from Tate Britain showed six masterpieces by six great artists born or working in Britain, the first time these works have been shown in the Middle East. The pictures were:

  • Thomas Gainsborough Sunset: Carthorses Drinking at a Stream c.1760
  • George Stubbs Mares and Foals in a River Landscape 17638
  • John Constable The Grove, Hampstead 18212
  • Joseph Mallord William Turner The Golden Bough 1834
  • Sir John Everett Millais Dew-Drenched Furze 188990
  • John Singer Sargent The Mountains of Moab 1905

The paintings represent highlights of Tate’s unrivalled collection of historic British art, and of the development of painting in Britain as it depicted landscape and the natural world. The exhibition drew attention to the diverse sources of inspiration for this tradition – Dutch painting, classical myth and history, and also to the disparate landscapes depicted – Constable at Hampstead Heath, Millais on a sporting estate in Scotland and Sargent in the Middle East. Stubbs’s horses were evidently of Arab blood, specimens perhaps of the bloodstock exported to England from the region during the 18th century.

The exhibition was accompanied by a bi-lingual publication, and a film exploring themes in the paintings with contributions from a number of people including Ali b. Abdullah al-Habsi, the renowned goalkeeper of the Omani national football team, who knows the British and the Omani landscape. The exhibition was accompanied by an outreach programme including school visits and lectures and activities for young children in the exhibition.

In partnership with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Oman

Project Information

Project type
International project
Lead department
Tate National
Support departments
Collection Care
Curatorial
Media and Audiences
Project leader
Caroline Collier
Project team
David Brown
Kate Parsons
Kate Vogel
Anne Lyles

See also

Press Release

Masterpieces from Tate's Collection Travel to Oman for 40th National Day Celebrations

24 Nov 2010
Masterpieces from Tate's Collection Travel to Oman for 40th National Day Celebrations