Painted Landscapes - Andrew Brandenburger

All around the world, beautiful landscapes can be found. Something I enjoy doing is visiting these locations just to sit back and take it all in. A nice thing about art is that I don't even need to go anywhere to get a nice view of a great landscape. Whether it's natural or manmade, real or fiction, I can get the same feeling of awe by simply viewing the realistic masterpieces created by great artists.

View of Warsaw from the Terrace of the Royal Castle, Bernardo Bellotto called Canaletto, 1773, From the collection of: The National Museum in Warsaw
From this eastern viewpoint, one was able get a great overlook of Poland's capital, Warsaw. Bernardo Bellotto did an excellent job of capturing this viewpoint on canvas. The painting depicts the residents going about their daily lives in the middle of the day in the capital. The artist used great character proportions and a vanishing point to create depth that allows you to feel that you are overlooking the actual city.
I liked this painting because the author didn't have an actual structure to go off of. Pieter Bruegel had to use his imagination when painting the biblical Tower of Babel. The tower is represented as incomplete, yet still large enough to tower above the clouds. Pieter uses large ships to express how massive the tower actually is.
Rocky Mountains, "Lander's Peak", Albert Bierstadt, 1863, From the collection of: Harvard Art Museums
This painting immediately caught my attention because of the stunning detail of this beautiful landscape found in the Rocky Mountains. The image displays a cloudy day in the Rockies with the sun trying to peek through to light up a waterfall dumping into the river below. The highlights as well as the shading create highly detailed depiction of this Wyoming scene.
View of the City of Edinburgh, Alexander Nasmyth, 1758–1840, British, ca. 1822, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
From the outskirts of the city, Scotland's capital, Endinburgh, can be viewed as being surrounded by beautiful scenery. The location chosen by Alexander Nasmyth shows some people hanging out or possibly fishing by the calm river found in the woods. Found on the opposite side of the city are mountains
Wooded Hilly Landscape, Abraham Pether, 1756–1812, British, 1785, From the collection of: Yale Center for British Art
Surrounded by mountains and trees, a lake house can be found in Abraham Pether's painting. Some animals can be seen near the house implying it could be a farm of some kind. The lack of heavy ripples and the clear reflection of the house on the water give the impression that the weather is calm while the orange tint gives it a feeling of warmth.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Thomas Moran (1837-1926), 1872, From the collection of: U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
What would a gallery of landscapes be without a painting of Yellowstone National Park? Thomas Moran chose the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone as the location of his painting. The mountains are structured so that it creates a vast canyon. A waterfall at the back dumping into the valley creates a river below. Thomas uses two small characters towards the front to proportionally show how massive the canyon truly is.
A Wooded Landscape with Travelers on a Path through a Hamlet, Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638 - 1709), about 1665, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
As the name indicates, Meindert Hobbema's painting depicts travelers passing through a small settlement. The settlement is placed in the woods with a path that leads away to a blue background which could imply that the travelers are making their way to a body of water. There is no lack of detail in the painted trees that dominate this beautiful image.
The Mill, Sunset, Thomas Cole, 1844, From the collection of: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Although I found the oval shape of the image to be a bit odd, I still could not help but to gaze in amazement at the landscape created by Nelson-Atkins. The scene depicts a mill next to a river in the woods that flows into a lake bordered by mountains. Casted by the sunset, the painting is filled with a wide array of yellows and greens.
Sunset on Mount Diablo (Marin Sunset), William Keith, 1877, From the collection of: Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Who doesn't enjoy a nice sunset? The colors casted by the sun creates it's own art in the sky. William Keith captured that beauty perfectly in his painting. It displays a mountain range with a valley below and the sun setting on the horizon. The colors used give you that same sense of awe when viewing a real sunset. He also made most of the objects in the painting a very dark silhouette just as it would be if the sun was behind the object you were looking at.
Italian Landscapes at Sunset, Fishermen, Markó,Károly, 1851, From the collection of: Hungarian National Gallery
A winding river passing through the woods sets the tone for Markó Károly's painting. With the sun soon setting, the fishermen can be seen docking as they finish their day of fishing. The vibrant yellow rays from the sun light up the scene beautifully. The scene is painted excellently from this breath-taking point of view
Emigrants Crossing the Plains, Albert Bierstadt (1830 1902), 1867, From the collection of: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
I know I only needed 10 for the assignment, but I couldn't leave out the painting that inspired this gallery. Albert Bierstadt's "Emigrants Crossing the Plains" displays a wide variety of characters and scenery with from mountains to trees, horses to cows, and of course the settlers themselves. In the background, there even appears to be teepees from the natives. The yellows, oranges and reds casted by the sun onto the clouds gives that same sense of awe that you feel when experiencing a real sunset.
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