Taking a look at various landscape paintings and artworks which mostly portray a high degree of realism and naturalistic depictions. The beauty of these works inspire viewers to revel in the awe that the world has to offer, and pushes them to explore nature. 

Chevalier's painting of a quaint, peaceful cottage set in the shadow of a magnificent mountain range is easy to admire in a basic manner. However, concentrating on the details, the viewer will notice a great degree of realism, made possible by techniques such as atmospheric and linear perspectives, and different texture gradients. All of this, along with other things like composition and color range make this a wonderful piece.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, artist Albert Bierstadt traveled west to document the sights on that side of the country. Bringing home his realistically depicted landscape paintings, easterners were amazed by the grand beauty and awe of the west, which inspired a push in the Manifest Destiny. The way this image inspires the viewer to explore, and seek to enjoy the world gives it the right to be called art.
Monet's impressionistic style of painting did him well in his Rocks at Belle-Ile, Port-Domois piece. The style does really well showing the character of the waves, but it also gives the rocks a rough looking texture. The "blotchy" painting works well with this scene involving two rough forces meeting, and paired with the skill of Monet, it forms a beautiful landscape.
Right when I saw this painting of a beautiful New Zealand landscape, I knew I had to include in my collection. Eugene von Guerard's "one month tour of New Zealand...Armed with a pocket sketchbook" was the cause of this great work, and it goes to show Guerard's talent. The incredible detail in the water, such as the rippling waves, the reflection of the mountains, and the hazing of the water as it becomes farther away, is incredibly fascinating in its own right, but is aided further by the mountains that include atmospheric perspective not only relative to distance, but height too. Finally, the shadowed shrubs in the foreground contrasted by the soft golden glow of the sun help complete a dreamy appeal to this painting.
Adding variation to the collection, I chose to include a more modern take on capturing landscapes. Using a multitude of medias, G7 and Tom Thomson decided to recreate more famous Canadian works, forming them into a collage of geometric shapes. I have never seen the original image this piece is based on, but I can still discern what this piece depicts. Even though this style of art doesn't allow colors to be blended, and there isn't a lot of major detail, the "geometric language" created for this painting allows the viewer to know what they are looking at. The long sweeping red lines, with smaller blues and yellows help show a picture of a red sunset, with the the polygram black shapes depicting mountains.
This naturalistic representation of an Austrian pathway has a very romantic, vibrant feel that is very pleasing. The light is expertly drawn, illuminating the background and filling into the left side of the road, contrasting the shadowed treeline on the right accompanied with wonderful moss covered boulders. The texture gradient of the trees as they the become farther away increases realism, along with the golden glow of the sun which finds its way through the leaves and onto the road. Emil Jakob Schindler did a magnificent job rendering this masterpiece.
This mid nineteenth century painting of fishermen working in front of a beautiful Italian sunset is something stunning. As your eyes leave the fishermen, they follow the calm, reflective water, until linear perspective makes it disappear, leaving you staring at a marvelously painted sun, whose rays illuminate the setting. It is impressive how the artist depicts how the light effects certain parts of the painting, like the leaves of the trees, or the light findings its way through the clouds, and glow it puts upon the river. The orange tinted color washes over the land,even effecting the blue haze of the atmospheric perspective of the mountains. All of this detail comes together to form a beautiful painting.
Aside from having excellent artistic value in terms of brushwork and techniques, Carl Schuch's painting tells a story. The "Mountain Stream", which, due to color variation, is seen to have movement, doesn't appear to be aggressive enough to cause water to splash on the boulders surrounding it. This gives the idea that someone was enjoying the stream enough to splash water on the sun drenched rocks and their shadowed counterparts. This appeals to the senses, which makes the piece even more enjoyable. The color variations in the rocks, and the use of light is just "icing on the cake" for this painting.
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