Two people looking at a cross in the middle of a vast canvas filled with lush plains, rising hills, and distant snow-capped peaks. How should we read them?
What are accessories or ‘staffage’, what narrative, and what intrinsic to the reading and style of a landscape?
Rainbows are one of nature’s grand spectacles. How careful, then, have painters been to get their colours in the ‘right’ order?
The model’s mother claimed she was 16, she is almost nude, and a few years later, her jealous husband committed murder.
This excellent book is not to be rushed: the delight is in its detail.
Book Review: Picturing the Americas, Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, Brownlee, Piccoli & Uhlyarik (eds)
This book, and exhibition, start to document and analyse an essentially new field.
Consideration of landscapes as decorative backdrops, altered visions leading to fantasy, and a summary of the series.
No matter how old and jaded you get, you can always appreciate the breath-taking view from the top of a hill, as the earth sweeps out in myriad details, as far as the distant horizon.
I am going to try getting inside the artistic imagination of important landscape painters, and discovering the vision that each had of the landscape. Here are some hors d’oeuvres.