Bob Ross's Happy Little tree Friends 

I have always thought that the best way to see a little bit into the mind of God is to look at what he has created around us. The natural landscape as a theme is art is one that i believe is interesting to look at. Over the ages, people have come up with different ways to depict the vastness and the beauty of our world. I have compiled here a group of works that display the similarities and differences between how different cultures and movements influenced the depiction of the natural realm and the idea of a landscape. Some of these pieces, as you will see, are very similar, and others are completely different from one another. I think it is interesting what each piece emphasizes in relation to the vastness of nature as a whole. This exhibit starts with some classic examples of landscapes, but ends with a few that unique examples that stand out from the rest. 

I start with this piece because it has an element of the divine realm in addition to depiction of the divinely created natural World. this is a representative of a renaissance landscape.
John Glover's depictions of the Australian landscape and the native peoples show how he tended to use much lighter colors to emphasize how the light illuminated the vast Australian bush
John Constable's Romantic landscapes use much darker and more drab colors which give this piece a very gloomy feeling to it in contrast to John Glover's bright and cheery Australian paintings.
Sanford R. Gifford was an American who practiced the Luminism style which played with how light interacted with the natural world. This piece has a Caravaggio-like emphasis on light and dark. Bob Ross must have taken inspiration from works like these.
This is a classic example of an Impressionist landscape with very heavy brush strokes and blurred lines. Color in this piece take precedence over the detail of the horizon
This piece is in the classic Shan Shui Japanese style of mountains and water. It is very traditional and recognizable, as you can see, very different from American and European landscapes.
My first impression of this was that it was some high brow abstract of what nature and civilization are. As it turns out, this was done by a 12 year old Czech Jew before he was sent to Auschwitz.
This piece is great because is not a landscape of the natural realm, but still of something natural, a dream. This piece references the dream landscapes known as The New Dream Journey to the Peach Blossom Land
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