The American Landscape      By: Drew Suter

The theme I chose to do for my art gallery is paintings of American landscapes in different parts of the U.S.A. All of the pictures are of nature in different locations of America. The theme is the different elements and designs depicted in nature paintings. I picked this theme because I am personally very astonished and captivated by how much detail and time goes into these type of painting.

Description of the subject of the work: This is a painting from Forest Hills of Cincinnati, Ohio. How the artwork visually reflects my theme: In 1885, the unknown artist uses perception to make the image look as huge and breathtaking as it is in real life. The color of the sky and the clouds show what time of day the artist wants it to be.
Description of the subject of the work: The subject of the work is a calm body of water on a cold day. How the artwork visually reflects theme: Emily Carr uses the space within the painting wisely because not a single inch is wasted. The waves look very realistic while the mountains obviously aren't as easy to pull off.
Description of the subject of the work: This is a painting of mounts Madison and Jefferson near New Hampshire during the autumn season in 1867. How the artwork visually reflects theme: James Fairman did a particularly good job with his use of form and emphasis to make the mountains look tremendous in comparison to the Androscoggin river.
Description of the subject of the work: The Hudson River from the Tapen Zee shows several boats sailing on the calm seas of Hudson River. How the artwork visually reflects my theme: The use of movement as a principle is evident in the clouds. The sails are also made so it looks like the wind is blowing it in a certain direction, like it would be in real life. A proper use of movement is crucial for depicting something proceeding forward.
Description of the subject of the work: Perhaps the most realistic pieces of art in my gallery, Albert Bierstadt does a masterful job of showing Yosemite Valley in California. How the artwork visually reflects my theme: The perspective the artist uses gives justice to the size of these gigantic valleys. The time of day and weather is clearly shown by the color of the sky. The yellow in the right corner shows the sun setting and the light getting darker.
Description of the subject of the work: Charles Vezin is Known for his impressionistic views of New York’s skyline and harbors. Drifting, made in 1925, is a good reason as to why. How the artwork visually reflects theme: The balance and space helps to visually reflect the theme of nature. It is very consistent throughout because of the detail and continuity of how the water and land are separate.
Description of the subject of the work: Nature at rest once again, this time the untitled scene at Arkville by John Francis Murphy in 1897 How the artwork visually reflects theme: The painting looks very grainy because of the texture and surface. The grainy look gives it more of a grim feel to it as opposed to relaxing like the other paintings of american nature in my art gallery.
Description of the subject of the work: Woodland scene by Willard Leroy Meftcalf shows a river in the middle of the woods and a house in the background. How the artwork visually reflects my theme: An element of art in this piece would be the extensive use of lines. This is because you obviously need lines to properly draw trees and the trees are essential to express my theme of nature at rest. The use of reflection in the water of the trees adds a nice touch of realism.
Description of the subject of the work: The subject is sail boats in the New York Bay on a cloudy day. How the artwork visually reflects theme: Emphasis in this artwork helps to reflect my theme of nature in painting. The emphasis on the dark skies imply it is going to rain. This could cause a problem for the ships as they will most definitely have to face the elements soon.
Description of the subject of the work: John Fery's piece from 1925 shows a calm river in what looks like a canyon. How the artwork visually reflects my theme: A principle of design that is used would be variety. There are several different types of rocks and shapes that show diversity. The blend of colors make this image pop and stand out.
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