A Trip to The European Coast   By Michel Webster

Hello and welcome to my art gallery, this art gallery contains a collection of 10 beautiful paintings. All of the paintings are from the 1800s and are from throughout Europe. All of the paintings in the gallery are nature based oil paintings and are paintings of the ocean or seascapes. 

Moonrise over the sea painted by Caspar David Friedrich shows the moon rising over the shore of Friedrich. I chose to put this painting in my theme because it shows the artist view point of a beautiful landscape. When you look at the painting you see a family siting on a rock as they view the moon slowly rising in the distance. In this particular painting the artist used a wide variety of color and lines to help draw the viewer into the piece allowing them to see every detail.
Ruined Tower by Thomas Cole was one of many ruin paintings that Cole painted after his trip to Europe. Cole considered landscape with a ruined tower “ground which has been the great theater of human events” I chose to put this painting in my theme because it shows a beautiful coastline in the background whale you see nature slowly taking back the tower. In this painting the artist used color and offset to allow the viewer to see the whole painting. He used brighter colors in the center of the painting allowing our eyes to see that first then he placed the tower to the right to draw the viewers eyes along the whole painting. Allowing us to see everything that is happening in the painting.
Heavy Sea at Pourville painted by Claude Monet was a painting of the coast of Monet’s home in Normandy. Seascapes were one of Monet’s favorite things to paint. I chose to add this painting to my gallery not only because it’s a seascape but because of the unique way that the artist managed to capture the whole scene. As you look at the painting you can see that Monet used a series of different patterns and textures. He used long brush strokes to represent the clouds in the sky giving them a look as if there moving. Then on the sea he used a sires of rough brush strokes that shows that the waves are moving and crashing giving the impression that a storm has begun.
Landscape near Quilleboeuf, France was painted by Richard Parkes Bonington. There is very little information about this painting so I am unsure of the location. I chose to add this painting to my gallery because of the uniqueness of the landscape. I found it interesting that the painting has a large sky and that the location seems remote even though it appears to be near a well-traveled area. In the painting the artist used depth perception and lines to help the viewer see the whole painting. The artist used a large sky in the background with smaller objects in the foreground to give the feeling of how large the landscape is. He also used a sires of lines to help draw your eyes across the front of the painting allowing you to see the whole painting.
Landscape was painted by Fausto Zonaro and shows two small boats sitting on a bay. There was very little info about the painting so I’m unsure of its location. I chose this painting for my gallery because it not only captures the sea but it also captures daily life on the sea. In this painting the artist used lots of color along with some texture to help bring the painting to life. As you look at the painting you can see the artist used lighter colors near the top and darker colors near the bottom allowing the viewer to see the sunset. The artist also used texture on the waves allowing the viewer to see that they are on ocean. He then used some lighter textures for the clouds allowing the painting to be more lifelike.
A Storm on a Mediterranean Coast painted by Claude-Joseph Vernet was a painting of a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. I chose this painting for my gallery because it shows nature and the sea at one of the most intimidating times. In this painting you can see the valence of the storm. In this painting the artist used a series of lines and color to help bring emotion to the painting. As you look at the painting you can see a series of diagonal lines used to show the rain coming from the clouds. You can also see diagonal lines used on the ship in the distance to show how powerful the storm is. Then in the foreground you can see the brightly colored survivors of the wreaked ship allowing the viewer to see the full force of the storm.
Slumbering sea painted by Tom Roberts was painted in Mentone. I chose this painting for my gallery not only because it not only shows a beautiful coast, but because of the unique techniques the artist used when painting this scene. In the painting the artist used a series of shapes and colors to help draw the viewer in allowing them to see the whole painting. Thru out the painting the artist used a series of triangles to help draw the viewers’ eyes across the painting. He then used bright colors to draw the viewers’ eyes to specific locations in the painting allowing you to see the whole scene.
Dog's Head of Scotland painted by Robert S. Duncanson is a painting of a passing storm along the Scottish coast. The name of the painting refers to the rock formation that sticks out along the coast. I chose this painting for my gallery because of its example of how unpredictable the sea can be. In the painting the artist used color and texture to help bring the painting to life. As you look at the painting you can see the artist used dark colors along the coast to show the viewer that the sky is dark. Then the artist used light and dark textures in the clouds to help show that the storm was starting to move on. Then the artist used a sires of smooth and rough textures to show the waves are still very active and unpredictable indicating the storm has just started to move on.
Massa, Bay of Naples painted by Brett, John was a coastal view painted with extreme accuracy. I chose this painting for my gallery because of the artist ability to paint a life like landscape of the coast. When you look at the painting it’s almost like looking at a Picture. In this painting the artist used precise lines and accurate colors to bring every dental to life. Every single line in this painting was placed exactly like the artist saw it and every color was meant to match perfectly.
Rügen painted by Eugène Dücker is a landscape painting of the Baltic Sea coast. I chose this painting for my gallery because of the the artist choose to paint a realistic scene without the use of any special effects. When I looked at the painting I felt like I was looking at a photo. In the painting the artist used colors and lines to give the painting a more realistic feel. As you look at the painting the first thing you notice is the rocks that are made up of a series of curved lines this was done so that the rocks would seem real to the viewer. Then the next thing you notice is the color everything in the painting was painted with basic colors in order to make the painting more realistic and to give the viewer the feeling that they are standing right there on the shore.
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