MoonLit nights

Landscapes lit by moonlight. 

Oddly enough, the castle for which this oil on canvas painting is titled is almost the darkest part of this painting, although it is the largest structure sitting closest to the full yellow moon. Fisher men, boats and nearby structures dominate the foreground and add a large amount of detail to the landscape. Immense space is created from the structures nearest to the viewer on the left and the structures across the water in the hills near the vanishing point. The texture of the water lit by the moon has realistic ripples and appears glass like near the shoreline where a reflection of the castle window can be seen.
This oil on panel is a depiction of a shepherd watching over his moon lit herd of sheep while his loyal dog awaits by his side. Despite the darkness of the painting, there is much detail created throughout the image. The sky has a smooth graduation of blue tones being lightest near the moon and gradually getting darker toward the edge of the painting. The same goes for the objects on the ground; those closer to the moon are illuminated with a more yellow hue. This grabs the eye and creates a focal point on the moon and creates a realistic mood of the night.
This image captures the essence of one walking under the moonlight while contemplating life and existence. In this painting there is a man depicted in thought near a large rock tomb and surrounded by the barren trees of winter. A majority of the lines that create the small branches in the trees are pointing toward the moon which is similar to how plants react to the sun, but in this case the trees are dormant and there is no sun. This may be a subliminal message that there is life in all that is dead.
This image is different from the other images because the moon is not clearly seen. A person can be made out standing on a bridge over a small creek. Due to the trees hiding direct line of sight to the moon, the image has a more diffuse look and the person's orientation on the bridge is unknown. The lines are smeared and everything looks a little blurry. In addition, the white snow has a blue hue to it giving a calming mood to the image.
This painting shows scottish farmers possibly playing music under the moonlit sky. The man is playing a wind instrument of sorts, a lady playing a stringed instrument while the other two sit near by to enjoy the sounds and possibly sing along. The main focal point in this image would be the moon and secondly the tree under which the farmers are gathered. Despite being created with watercolor, this image has a detailed look to it due to the outline of pen. The watercolor adds a diffuse look to the colors which is a good representation of night times diffuse lighting.
This image captures a bridge crossing the river Elbe and the city that lies behind. People and horses can be seen on the bank in foreground. The focus point of this image is the moon and the outline of the structures that are covered in shadows because of the orientation of the moon and painter's point of view. The reflections off of the lake are also interesting and help to add some light to the image and allow the viewer to see the people in the foreground.
This image is of a harbor in Normandy, France on a cloudy night. The main elements are the ships on the water, a lighthouse and the light emitted off the moon that is hidden behind a rather dark cloud. Even though there is no clear view of the moon, its presence is observable due to the bright white luminance peeking out from behind the cloud. The water is also illuminated with great intensity in the distance near the vanishing point.
This is one of the most well known night scenes in art history. This impressionist painting is said to be the view from van Gogh's bedroom window at Saint-Paul Asylum. The main elements of this painting are the cypress tree in the left foreground and the moon in the top right, as well as the swirling stars that are scattered across the night sky. This painting uses many different shades of blue to represent the darkness of night vibrantly when combined with the yellows of celestial bodies.
This is the second Henry Pether painting in this collection that depicts a river and the surrounding city under a full moon. The moon illuminates the sky in this scene with a golden glow, as well as shimmering off of the water's surface. This image utilizes shadows to keep the focus of the picture on the moon and the water illuminated by the moonlight. The night sky has a perfect gradient from lightest near the moon to the darkness of night sky toward the upper corners.
This painting depicts field workers harvesting golden wheat under a golden harvest moon. This painting is the brightest of all the paintings in this collection and rightly so. The harvest moon is said to be the brightest moon of the year and is a traditional aid for lighting the fields for the workers harvesting crops. This picture has a vivid landscape due to the intensity of light exaggerated by the reflection of light off of the wheat.
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