Archive for the ‘Landscape Artists’ Category

Brueghel the Elder Inspired by Everyday Stories

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Pieter Brueghel was a Renaissance painter, he was born in 1525 and died in 1569 in the Netherlands. He was best known for his landscapes and peasant scenes which always depicted some every day event or story just as in the above painting of the local children playing.

In his later life Brueghel specialized in peasant life landscapes and he is known as one of the first painters to paint landscapes for the sake of their beauty and not as a backdrop for a portrait. All of his landscapes portray some kind of a story, as you can tell in the painting “The Triumph of Death.” He is known to have paid a great deal of attention to the manners and lifestyle of peasants, which was very rare in Brueghel’s time. He painted scenes that included agriculture, festivals, games, meals and even hunts.

His paintings are also filled with iconographic symbols of social and religious life in his time. As an example lets take “Children’s Games.” In this painting there are many references to the types of games children of the period played. His paintings today are priceless because they give us a glimpse of what life really was like during this period.

A different perspective on Landscapes

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

As expressed by Dan ColvinLandscapes represent an expression and a striving for the Ideal”

Have you ever seen a landscape and been struck by “awe?” Some landscapes especially in photography make you wonder at just how small we are in this beautiful world. Artists sometimes use landscapes to reflect the ideal , or to try to interpret humanity as it should be. In landscapes like these , there is no question as to our understanding what the artist is trying to tell us.

Art is about trying to express something, a dream, a thought, an illusion, and artists try to do this through paint, photography, illustration, street art, or any creative means. They want to express their feelings, perceptions, and leave a part of themselves through their work. Thanks to tools that are available today through the computer, artists are more able to create what comes to them in their dreams, their imagination, or in their ideas. Some use landscapes to do this, others use people and humanity, but whatever subject the artists prefers, it is much easier for the artist to express his ideas in these modern times than it ever was before.

Landscapes in the Romantic Period – Turner

Friday, April 4th, 2008

William Turner - The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken upDuring the height of the Romanticism Movement, landscaping art emerged. Artists that were closely associated with this era included Caspar David Friedrich, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, and William Blake.

William Turner was probably the most important landscape artist of Romanticism. He was also known as the painter of light. He used watercolors and painted beautiful, romantic sunsets and paintings of various other subjects. One of his most important and beautiful paintings was titled “The Fighting Temerarie”. The painting shows an old ship, The Fighting Temeraire which fought in the battle of Trafalgar, and was tugged to her last Berth to be broken up. Turner always referred to this painting as “My Darling”. He never sold it and was emotionally attached to it.

John Constable paintings were geared towards nature and glorious skies, rivers and streams, hot summer days, clouds, livestock, small towns and everyday people coming and going on about their daily routine.

In general, landscapes had a great development during Romanticism evoking a spiritual state. There are preferences for night scenes, ruins, seascapes and cemeteries; landscapes with shades, silent and empty and full of sadness were often used.

Inspiration – A peep into the artists mind

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Renoir’s painting - Springtime (in Chatou)Paintings give an insight into the artists’ character and thoughts. Some creators are inspired by beauty of wilderness, others by splendour, an abundance of colours, or by stark reality of pain, hunger and misery. Whatever the artists inspiration to create his paintings he finally gives something to the audience that holds them spell bound by what they see on the canvas.

An artist has a visualisation that is like a third eye for him that gives an ingenious depiction of what he perceives and this is what he portrays to the observer by way of his creativity. Landscaping paintings which might be of astonishing locations or harsh reality come alive with the artists view of what lies before him. It is the artist’s perception that he lays before the observer. The viewer is transported into a dream world where he can loose himself to his fantasies and forget about his own humble dwellings. He travels on wings to distant lands and places of untold beauty and with a little imagination can weave a tale of visions and be in a trance until he awakens when he wishes to awaken and not before that.

The artist transports the viewer

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Landscape oil painting MonetDistant lands and spots of scenic beauty which it may not be possible to visit are brought within easy access. Creativity conveys much more than what meets the eye to the viewer and brings alive hidden splendour and mysticism. Rocks and stones and twigs and branches come alive under the artists deft strokes and are transformed into a beautiful landscape.

To a lay person what he sees before him may not inspire him to create something wonderful which he could present to the world as a work of art. The sunset or sunrise, a moon behind dark cloud, water rippling down a cliff or a barren stretch of land is transmitted with a mesmerising effect by a landscape artist in his paintings. The landscape artist brings beauty and a mesmerising effect into the most unassuming and dull scenery. What could not be perceived by the onlooker is drawn to the fore by the artists’ viewpoint and submitted in its fascinating form to the viewer.

Nature is the art of God

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Beautiful paintingSimple tools like a canvas with sketch pens, water colours, oil paints, an easel and several brushes make a scene come alive. There is depth and distance portrayed on a piece of canvas, bringing it all into one’s view and within arms reach. This beauty can be brought back home to be put up on your wall and within your reach at all times; to perceive and wonder at and to own as your own. Your own private heaven to dwell in whenever you want and to visit whenever you prefer to get lost in dream land. As Dante Alighieri quoted ‘Nature is the art of God.’

Some of the artists who made a canvas come alive are Aert van der Neer a Dutch painter, Pierre Patel a painter of French origin, Salvador Rosa and Italian and Gaspard Dughet a Dutchman to name a few.


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