Nature's Splendor

Being born on an island, nature was always present and I felt connected, but after moving to Florida I felt like I lost that connection. Recently my friends remind me of that connection we had when we were home and I decided to create an exhibit just to display some of nature’s beauties that has been around for ages. I chose pieces where green was the most dominant color. South American Landscape created by Frederic Edwin Church in 1873 is the piece I feel that can best express my desire for in this exhibit. The land is in an almost natural state despite the bridge and what looks like a church tower in the brush of the canopy. Looking up the mountain side it is untouched to civilization and everything looks pristine. There are vines crawling up the palm trees on the side of the painting like it is a jungle. I always felt that nature should be observed and not disturbed. My piece was from the 1700-1900 and fell under the Art of Europe and America subsection.  From the first glance of the piece I was able to determine that the piece was painted in a European style. The use of tenebrism was present in the piece. The sides of the painting are deliberately painted darker to accent the vast mountainous region in the background. The way that piece was painted implied to me that Frederic Church was just out exploring and enjoying the nature or must have seen this view several times and in the cool of the shade thought that the mountains were beautiful and captured it on canvas.

Another piece I admired deeply was Mt. Penglai (Mountain of Immortals). This piece was done in 1948 under the Japanese influence by artist Yokoyama Taikan. In the second piece as well as the first the artist communicated nature’s beauty. The use of green is not as dominant as compared to the others but the region that was painted is not notorious for having plenty of trees. I also appreciated that fact that the houses seemed to be built between the trees respecting the existing natural surrounds. I loved the large ocean blue water which remind me of my home that was present on the side. There are birds in midflight in air undisturbed. The mountain in the background seems new like it was just created. The entire piece represents how I feel humans should interact with nature, we should try to exist with it as much as possible without altering it unless necessary. Monks are often attributed to the Asian culture and monks firmly believe in protecting all life and nature. If you love a flower you don’t pick it, instead you water it so it can grow and flourish even more. In this piece it is present that they didn’t want to alter nature unless necessary. While you are able to view more pieces online and receive a broader selection of pieces, it still won’t ever compare to the experience of being in person to embrace a piece. 

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