Illusional or delusional? - Melissa chavez

This gallery portrays the illusions that artists give in landscape paintings. It shows how they utilize spacial perspective to give depth and a three-dimensional feel on a two-dimensional canvas. You will see how reducing the size of objects towards the back of the picture, and including different shades of color, help achieve this method.

This painting reminds me of a canal in Venice. You see people lined up for gondola rides just before sunset. There are symmetrical beams that balance the painting out and help border the sun giving viewers a focal point. As the canal runs towards the sunset, you see a fade in color making the water and buildings seem more distant.
This painting contains two sailboats close to the shore of an island. It is a bright sunny day with calm waters. It is a very simple painting with more tetradic colors for a complementary style. The water in the front of the picture is a bluish-green with a mirrored finish. As it flows to the back of the painting Ricardo used blue and gave it more of a matte finish. The island or hill in the background is much smaller and more dull than the front mountain.
This landscape painting is set in a valley with a main river. You can see a castle set in the background and villagers herding around sheep. Angles help give this piece a three-dimensional viewing as the river flows with a horizontal line down the center. You can also see small tree shrubs at the bottom that are scaled to the same size as the castle in the background.
This landscape shows a moonlit sky shining its light on a river. There is a depiction of positive and negative space. Van der Neer chose to use the moonlight as positive space to give a focal point to his piece such as the cloudy sky and calm river. The silhouette of the trees give the negative space. Again you can see the scale of the trees reduce in size down the river bank to ensure depth in the painting.
Viewers can see an iced over community river during winter time. Along the embankment are residential homes covered with snow, as the whole community is out ice skating and playing. Proper use of proportion creates depth as Brueghel chose to reduce the size of the houses, trees, and people as the painting recedes into the background. A faded, dull color shows the farther distance of objects. An asymmertical balance was given with different size trees lining the left and right sides.
Wilson's painting seems as if it takes place in President Woodrow Wilson's backyard. There is a pond placed as a focal point with trees lining alongside it and covering the background. By vertically aligning the trees at an angle, the artist was able to create an illusion of depth. Not to mention the color change from front to back; a bright, green grassy area to a faded, blue valley.
The 'River Landscape' depicts a split river on a nice sunny day. There are trees, shrubs, and blue skies. The scene provides a two-point perspective and the river splits from left to right in the shape of an upside down 'Y'. The gentleman rowing the boat is proportionate to the trees and scenery. The range in the background gives depth by a color change to blue and a smaller scaled mountain.
'Waterfall in Smaland' gives an idea of a brewing storm heading for the rocky range. There is a waterfall centering the picture with very rocky rapids. This waterfall is the focal point of the painting mainly due to its bright saturation in comparison to the rest of the picture. The clouds have the best characteristic for a three-dimensional illusion as they begin as puffy and dark, then move at an angle towards the far distance as thin, lighter clouds.
The 'Mountain Landscape' features a distant mountain range, and a large river down the center of the painting with large trees lining the sides. There is also a man fishing in the river. This steady flowing river is a one-point perspective providing a vanishing point in the middle of the picture (or slightly off to the right where the river curves). The width of river and tree scaling show the proper use of space perspective.
In Richard Wilson's painting, he gave a simple view of a lake in the mountains, and three people participating in fishing. There are a couple contoured lines given off by the mountains to create a three-dimensional effect. The size of the three people fishing help show the distance of the lake and how far they are from the mountain range. Wilson didn't stop there, and added another set of mountains behind that by giving it a lighter shade and a reduction in size.
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