Landscape Painting

Impressionism or Postmodernism: a Landscape Painting Will be Everlasting

Since the humanity started doing art (from those early times when you can observe the cave engraved paintings) a landscape drawing was understood as a representation of the environment created by nature. From century to century people do not stop catching sunsets and morning “sun bunnies” in the tree crowns and the water blindfolds.

Note. Landscape – is the art genre depicting nature and view scenery in the center of artwork (mountains, lakes, see, trees, forests etc.) .

Landscape artists show reality through the natural form. Such object as scenery seems free from imagination, as the artist draw what he sees and he can catch this sometimes exactly out of his window or somewhere nearby.

Sending you back to the 4th century, when the true origin of landscape paintings exists,  to Leonardo da Vinci times, when he sketched his first landscape painting. But history finds it at the start of the 9th century (China).

After the WWII, such art flows as new realism, abstract expressionism, futurism pop-art, etc. have appeared and grown fast, showing changing values and rules shift.

So let s consider the artist most known works with historical change and its inherent features to explain reality through the art of different times.

Giorgione (Italian, Renaissance)The Tempes

Giorgione (Italian, Renaissance)The Tempes

Brueghel (Netherlands)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder is considered the most important Renaissance painting artist, due to his landscapes and peasant scenes. He was the first to make an accent on both person or group of people and the landscape itself.

It is interesting that Bruegel has three paintings of the Babel Tower, one of which still considered to be lost.

Calm and white colors of Brussels. This painting is still there at the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts.

El Greco (Spain) Toledo

At this canvas, the reality is invisible as a Cathedral bell tower is drawn away from Alcázara and it seems to be on the east side of the city. Left side is filled with the picture of Castle of San Servando, but as the history says it is to be on the slope. Artist imagination created a bit confuse, but still it enter the landscape history.

Claude Monet (France)

Should here be a plenty of honorable text or the only one word – “genius”. He is known as one of the founders of such painting movement as Impressionism (in the 1870s) first of all.

His works were estimated in the 20th century, after being presented at the world museum exhibitions. Exceptional pieces were bought by rich people and gathered an audience with a high interest to his artworks.

Vincent van Gogh (Netherlands)

Van Gogh – is a post-impressionist painter in the Western art period. 2,100 artworks for a decade seems to be impossible, but he did this. 860 of them were made with oil during his 2 last years in France.

Everyone knows his beautiful Starry Night (1889).

Evelyn Mary Dunbar (England)

She was notable for the active position during  WWII home front in England. As the war ended she worked on portraits, but mostly on landscapes.