Lay of the Land - Christian Hornung

This gallery includes nature landscapes that incorporate high contrast elements. The landscapes themselves are not necessarily entirely nature, some have man made things in them. The gallery is about the world that we live in, and the world that others once lived in. Each painting depicts different parts of the world, and reflect the climate of the locations.

Sunset on Mount Diablo is a landscape by William Keith. It depicts a sunset fading behind a mountain. In the foreground, woodland is visible, and a small grassy plain. It uses contrast to first direct the viewer's eye to the sunset, then to the foreground, and finally the middle ground, which is the darkest part of the image. The composition has a few more elements on the left side of the painting, so it could be considered left heavy, although the darkness of the left side makes that questionable.
Landscape with Windmill near Schiedam is a landscape by Johannes Hendrik Weissenbruch. This painting has a very strong composition, because it uses contrast, rule of thirds, and leading lines to direct our eye to the windmill on the right of the painting. All the lines in the painting point to it, it is darker than the sky, but lighter than the land, and it is placed on the lower right intersection of the third lines. The composition tends to be heavy on the right and bottom for these reasons.
Road through an Oak Forest is a painting by Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael. It depicts a dirt road that winds through the woods. It uses contrast to distinguish the road from the woods. The woods are distinguished from the road and the sky by how dark they are. The trees are balanced on either side of the painting, the road and sky balance each other out as well.
River Ice is a painting by John Fulton Folinsbee. It depicts chunks of ice floating down a river in the middle of winter. There is a bridge leading to a town in the background. This landscape features high contrast between the ice flows and the riverbank, as well as the river itself. The composition is heavier on the left side due to the tree. The combination of the lines from the tree and the river point to the ice flowing down the river.
A Bit of the Roman Aqueduct is a painting by George Inness. It depicts some cows and people by a river, with tall trees obscuring most of the land. The composition has high contrast, with lots of shadows. It is heavy on the right side, and the very bottom, due to the break in the trees, and the lighter colored cows. The break in the trees aligns with the right third. The cows' movement draws the viewer from left to right.
View of the City of Arnhem is a painting by Jan Josefsz van Goyen. It depicts the city of Arnhem on a partly cloudy day, with the river in the foreground. It is very bottom heavy, but the eye is first drawn to the massive cloud in the middle of the picture. The tower in the middle of the city is the most attention grabbing point of the city. At the very bottom, boats are seen moving along the river. The lines in the painting point towards the boats in the bottom right, while the contrast points to both the boats and the tower in front of the cloud.
Skagway from End of Wharf is a painting by Emily Carr. It depicts a pier that leads into a town at the base of some mountains. There is a strong amount of contrast between the dark of the mountains and the light of the town. The lines from the pier point into the center of the town. The composition is very top heavy. There are a lot of blueish tones in the dark areas, and red tones for the town.
Pichincha is a painting by Frederic Edwin Church. It depicts a bridge spanning a crevasse, with a sun setting in the background. It is a high contrast landscape due to the sunset light. The lines in the painting point to the sun, and the bridge. The bridge is lit brightly against the background, and there is depth in the image due to the foreground, the crevasse, and the mountain in the background.
The Sea from Capri is a painting by William Stanley Haseltine. It depicts the coast of an island, with trees and a building in the foreground and mountains in the background. There is a lot of contrast in the painting that highlights the outline of the mountain, as well as the shore where the sun reflects off the water. There are blue tones in the water and more sepia tones in the sky. The eye is drawn to the mountain first, then follows the coast down to the building, then moves to the trees. The composition is biased towards the right of the frame.
Near June Street, Worcester, Massachusetts is a painting by John Singer Sargent. It depicts a grassy hill with a couple trees and some rocks. The frame is divided into four distinct sections. The first is the sky in the upper left, then the trees in the upper right, the light grass in the middle, and the shade in the bottom. The lines created by this move from left to right, top to bottom. The high contrast in this landscape indicates that the trees in the upper right are the main focal point, while the grass is the secondary point. The picture is fairly evenly weighted, with a slight bias to the right due to the trees. The brush strokes indicate that wind is moving the grass towards the top of the hill.
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