18th century landscapes             by MICHAEL TILLEY

This gallery includes 18th century oil paintings of European landscapes. Artists have painted landscapes since ancient times. In the 18th century however the use of depth and perspective were heavily influencing the culture and artworks of the time, creating more lifelike paintings. Landscape artists peaked in popularity during this era.

"Landscape with a Water Mill" by Francois Boucher is a massive landscape of multiple subjects, the title hints at the water mill in the painting but so much more is on the canvas. the nature in the painting looks beat up as trees are cut up and fallen over. The whole foreground is dark and eerie while the sky and the background is bright and beautiful. The attention to detail and depth is in this landscape is remarkable.
In this Classical Landscape by John Wootton a market place in a town is shown in the foreground while a lake or river with the rest of the city/town is shown in the background. There are many layers in this painting from the people to the mountains a lot of detail and depth was put into this piece.
In another oil painting landscape by John Wootton in the foreground there is a beach area with slaves and upperclass men are shown working on the outskirts of a town/city. In the background is a lake/ocean with ships and mountains in the distance. The sunset in this piece is beautiful, very rich with color.
In this classical landscape by William Taverner it displays a little pond with some people around it playing around. The light and dark areas in this painting really make it stand out from the rest. The foreground is mostly in silhouette while the people and the lake are in the sunlight. The background starts to go back into the dark but the sky with its bright blue creates a perfect medium.
"Tivoli: The Temple of the Sybil and the Campagna" by Richard Wilson is a series of paintings of the same subject that Wilson painted. In this version a man and woman are under the tree. The detail in this painting is outstanding not just of the foreground and background elements but everything in this painting has such a high amount of detail and depth it is almost as if its a photograph.
This classical Landscape by Thomas Jones depicts a man who looks like he just finished hunting and a woman lying down. They are overlooking a huge body of water with a waterfall and in the distance is the city where the people in this painting are most likely from. The color and use of light and shadows in this piece is breathtaking.
"Summer Evening, Landscape in Italy" by Joseph Vernet shows a river/lake with ladies and animals swimming and relaxing on the shore. The colors in this landscapes are vibrant and really POP making this a unique landscape. This painting has very high detail on everything from the foreground to background.
In this classical landscape painting by Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes the artist shows two woman at the bottom of a hill handing each other something. The woman do not seem to be the focus of the painting since they are the smallest things in the painting. The massive mountain, cities, and ocean take up more than 90 percent of the painting. The detail and depth in this painting is outstanding.
Another classical landscape oil painting by Pierre-Hentri de Valenciennes depicts a group of families getting water from a fountain. They are the focus of the painting even though they are the smallest part of it. The background is massive depicting a field, a mansion, and a mountain range that takes up 80 percent of the painting. The quality of detail and shadows is amazing.
"Landscape with figures on the Banks of the River" by Marco Gozzi depicts people fishing and working by a river on the outskirts of town. The color in this oil painting is outstanding. The sunset is true to life and has amazing detail. foreground is dark while the background is bright with color and makes this painting very unique.
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