As the world turns

As our world turns, we, like nature, continue to grow and develop. As we die, we are born. Our imprint in our past and present directly effect our future. Our existence and perception of that existence is continually changing and evolving. As an ode to this concept, this gallery is dedicated to landscapes and how they have been depicted through the different artistic ages. 

This Robert Caney piece depicts a "Fantastic mountain landscape" with exaggerated curves and faded colors, making for a dream-like adaptation or a fantasy scene. These techniques provide character and life to the piece. This is a style that was common in the 15th and 16th century in the art world.
Similar to the Robert Caney, "Fantastic" Mountain piece, this River Landscape by Annibale Carracci uses the techniques of curvature and and color to bring this scene to life. The use of shading is incorporated as well as a brush or sweeping style of stroke. Once again, as was common in this time period, this scene is depicted in a dream- style fashion. It is as if the person looking at the river is either imagining it, just waking up from a nap in the woods, or emerging from the darkness of the woods to the light after a journey.
This Jan Brueghal the Elder piece is an interesting work as it begins to show a less dream-like, specific scene oriented art and a more realistic wider depiction of life as we know it. In this painting, we see people pulling in and out of what seems to be a small dock of some sort. in addition the scene extends into the further lying body of water to show seemingly endless ships sailing and birds flying all in a direction opposite from the obviously imminent storm on the horizon. An interesting technique Brueghel used was the use of the blowing, leaning tree and the ominous clouds to virtually frame the scene. It would seem no matter where we go, we are still under the arm and at the mercy of nature.
As the moon shines in the distance, we see a group of men surrounding a fire under the dark cloak of night. The use of black and heavy shading and harsh edges gives a sense of mystery, uncertainty and struggle. This draws the viewer in and allows the viewer to feel what the men feel.
This Rembrandt painting has a very interesting feel to it. It was created sometime between 1645 and 1648. The scene depicts a ominous landscape with a seemingly old windmill precariously perched on the edge of a mountain ledge. The use of exaggerated lines, shading and curves gives this painting the same dream-like feel as was common during this time. However, this takes a more nightmarish approach.
Although late in the 17th century near to the 18th, we find this piece; The Swing. The Jean-Honore Fragonard image is very reminiscent of the whimsical, and dream like artwork of the 15th and 16th Centuries. Here, we see people gathering in what seems to be a place of leisure and relaxation. There are two women with what looks like a telescope of sort looking at the scenery. There is a man and a woman washing a pet in a flowing tiger figured well. There is a man and a woman in the shadow behind one of the stone figures. The don't seem to be having fun. Finally, there is a group of women, presumably a family of some sort, sitting on the grass watching a lone women in Pink swing on a swing that is supported by the nature that house the very ground that they lay.
This Joseph Mallord William Turner piece depicts a group of men on the right at the dock with torches tossing a shipment coal to the men on left in the ships for sail and sale. The way that Turner uses a combination of strokes and blended color to give the feeling of the moving light of the moon on the water and in the air. The techniques give the image a blurred finish and create a certain misty atmosphere, consistent with that of the wee hours of the night.
This Albert Bierstadt painting of Lake Lucerne was created in 1858. It depicts a road leading to a small, distant, greenery covered mountain range gently graced by a fading blanket of mist rising from the lake below. Judging by the positioning of the sun and shadows, it is either early morning or late afternoon. This scene is clearly an ode to peace, beauty and serenity in nature.
In the late 1800s there were many different artist, one of which was Martin Johnson Heade. Heade gave us many paintings, one of his notable works is "Sunlight and Shadow: The Newbrury Marshes." This painting depicts an open farm-like field with a stream winding through the middle like a serpent. There are two cows grazing on the right side of the stream and a large tree and oddly shaped bush of some sort on the left. In the distance, there are bales of hay and a short mountain range in the shadow of a thick stack of clouds. The use of vibrant colors and detail gives this piece a warm and comforting feel.
The Landscape in Petit Point by J. Howard Iams is very different from the typical paintings, as it is needlepoint. It depicts a large cottage snuggled in the comforts of trees and mountains with a lake running parallel. There is a man, presumably a resident in a canoe docking his boat. This is also an excellent depiction of how we as humanity has progressed throughout the years. This style of artwork would be unheard of in the 1600 century. So, just as the nature we admire in our artwork grows and evolves, so do we in art and perception.
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