A World View with a high aspect ratio, they came to dominate in the latter half of the 19th century, some being major commercial attractions. Now ubiquitous.
From an elevated viewpoint, finely detailed, great depth, figures and buildings tiny in the immensity of the view, far distant horizon – it’s a World View.
In this period, he painted some of the most sublime Impressionist landscapes, their mood and tone set by the sky.
His first five years of 19 at or near Moret-sur-Loing. Sisley always painted the sky first, as it set the scene and mood of the painting.
He reached his mature style, and continued to experiment with staffage, motifs, and style. Includes two of his finest works.
What’s that peak over there? Ulrich Deuschle’s amazing website makes you a custom panorama showing almost anywhere on earth.
After his greatest human panorama showing Paddington railway station, he painted two moralising series, similar to those of Hogarth.
The mental images which we perceive are created in the brain, which has some fixed ideas about how to do that. They’re not the same as optical laws used in cameras and related devices.
Long forgotten now, panoramas were hugely popular in the 1800s, and some were strongly narrative.
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.