When splendor moves the heart
Landscape painting has been an extremely popular form of expression, whether painted by imagination or depicting an actual scene. From magnificent views to rough seas, various elements of nature form an important part of the scene, and the depiction of the sky is usually an integral part of it. Weather is another natural element that usually plays an important role in such depictions, and paintings of stormy weather over the sea, calm and calm waters, changing colors of autumn, and freezing winters form interesting studies. generally real places. In fact, the use of color and the depiction of the sky and the weather go a long way in conveying the mood of the painting – gray, dark, bright and cheerful, calm and tranquil, etc. – and give an overview of the environment and surroundings. Walter J Phillips once said that a landscape painting is primarily emotional in origin and exists as a recording of an effect in nature whose splendor moved a human heart. Maybe that’s why their appeal hasn’t faded over time.
Let’s talk about a few well-known landscapers and artists from the West – many of these works are from different time periods and have been painted in different styles, from realistic renderings to Impressionist and Expressionist renderings. Pieter Bruegel the Elder was one of the first artists to move away from religious themes. Hunters in the Snow (Winter) (1565) is an ice-covered winter landscape that captures the harshness and austerity of time and the lives of those who live there.
In the 19th century, John Constable, an English landscape painter painted magnificent views of the countryside around him, in a completely natural and romantic style. He is considered to have contributed immensely to this genre and is one of the most important landscape artists of all time; but unfortunately, financial success escaped him during his lifetime.
A similar fictionalized style of painting is associated with the Hudson River School, a mid-19th century American art movement that captured the beauty of the wilderness. Thomas Cole was the founder of this movement and he painted several large-scale works that epitomized the grandeur and natural beauty of nature, primarily in the Hudson River Valley.
JMW Turner was a painter and printmaker also of the Romantic movement, and his depictions of the sea and ships were exceptional depictions of weather conditions, the sense of movement and play of light on the water, and severe storms. Unfortunately, many of its oils have deteriorated over time.
Claude Monet, best known perhaps for his series of water lilies, painted several landscapes and was fascinated by the variations in color and light throughout the day and over the seasons. He painted them in an impressionist style, of which he was one of the founding members. With him, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley also painted brilliant landscapes in the style of French Impressionism.
The Starry Night, an expressive view before sunrise, from his bedroom window, remains one of the best-known paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter. Along with this, he painted several landscapes executed in a similar style with bold flowing colors and expressive brush strokes.
These are just a few examples of famous landscapes from renowned artists and there are several other masterpieces, among which you will certainly find your favorite.
The author is an art consultant, curator and writer based in Bangalore. She blogs at Art Scene India and can be contacted at [email protected]
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