The Art of the land by Ivory Riddick

This collection of paintings shows how artists used movement and texture to depict realistic and natural landscapes. Nature has played a huge role as inspiration to artists all over the world and throughout art history. Movement and texture have proven to be some of the key visual elements to achieve realistic scenery in paintings.

Autumn at Hibara Lake, OSHITA Tojiro, 1907, From the collection of: Iwami Art Museum
This mountain landscape watercolor painting is full of color and depicts a the clear atmosphere of a lakeside view of vast mountain range. The textures is this composition display excellent depth and balance. The flow of the water is expressed with ripple lines and reflection of the sunlight.
The Abduction of Europa, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1632, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Rembrandt depicts the Roman mythological story of Jupiter seduced Europa away to a distant land. Observe the multiple textures used for illusion of a mist covered city in the horizon.
The Great Forest, Jacob van Ruisdael, 1655/1660, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
This forest painting portrays a well balanced depiction of a forest landscaped filled with examples of texture such as the trees are at a distance but you can almost count all the leaves. An example of movement would be the stream crosses the path and the path looks as if it has no end.
A Summer's Day on the Seine, Martín Rico Ortega, ca.1870-1875, From the collection of: Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
The multiple focal points of this painting keeps the viewer engaged as you across the painting showing great movement. The many textures give an effect of the sun reflecting in the calm water and the grass looks to have a soft texture.
View on the Rhine, Saftleven, Herman, 1656, From the collection of: Dulwich Picture Gallery
This depiction of a river landscape shows how Saftleven capture the realistic look of the sky and terrain of the valley. The cloud almost portrays a soft cotton texture. While the river flows endlessly into the distance.
Moonrise over the Sea, Caspar David Friedrich, 1822, From the collection of: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Texture, along with color and lighting contrast, is evident in this painting depicting the the moon rising in the horizon as the evening begins. The observers in the painting are shadowed by the depth of the night while the light of the moon shine over the distant ships. The moon lit water creates a sparkle. Movement of the water can be seen with the endless ripple lines.
Landscape with Figures on the Banks of the River Adda, Marco Gozzi, 1810/1815, From the collection of: Fondazione Cariplo
This particular painting, said to be painted from life, captures a more precise and realistic view. From the symmetric reflection of the ruins in the water to the the figures along the river bank and the border of the trees the various texture created an image of tranquility and reality. As a viewer, your eyes wander deep into the horizon as this piece draws you closer to observe the distant mountain range and landscape before it where you can see the river continue.
Solitary Tree, Caspar David Friedrich, 1822, From the collection of: Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
With the faint movement of the clouds gliding across the sky and vast textures the create an illusion of a thick fog hanging over the mountains, Solidarity Tree has all the elements of a realistic landscape. The massive oak tree is the main focal point of the piece. It acts as a bridge between the earth and the heavens. Which can be a representative of a long hard life transgressing into the next life.
River scene with ferry boat, Salomon van Ruysdael, 1650, From the collection of: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
This 17th century Dutch landscape painting depict a ferry filled with passengers and livestock was typical of landscape paintings in this time. The lighting of lack thereof from the precise cloud cover give a natural feel to the painting. Texture is used here to set the mood and tone of the piece. Movement is captured in the cloud cover and the water.
Storm Clouds, Karl Nordström, 1893, From the collection of: Nationalmuseum Sweden
This depiction of a windy landscape is considered a "synthetist" style landscape painting. Nordstrom captures the essence of wind and gives the land a rough texture. The use of whirling lines in the skyline portray moving storm clouds over the horizon. At first glance, one might miss the flock of birds rushing to escape the fury of the storm.
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