Textures of a dream

This gallery is compiled of oil paintings that to me can represent scenes from a dream,while most are of places that are fictional, I feel they all give a surreal effect that can even seem like a dream. All of there are landscapes that I felt strongly had this quality.

The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: MoMA The Museum of Modern Art
The Starry Night was painted in 1889 by Vincent van Gogh. While it is a very well known piece, what drew me to this was the flurry of colors used in it. All the emotions that the dark colors swirling into each brings to mind, induces a dream like state, hence why I chose it for my gallery.
A View of Cincinnati from Forest Hills, Kentucky, Unknown, ca. 1855 - ca. 1855, From the collection of: Cincinnati Museum Center
The second piece I decided I would use for my gallery is " A view of Cincinnati from Forest Hills, Kentucky. I did some research and could not find an artist, but I there is a date listed which is 1855. I thought this piece fit perfectly in this gallery because of the scenery and time of the day that is portayed shows the sun on the right side of the painting going down. Or at least the colors suggest so. Aside from the overall feeling that this painting gives off, the whole gallery I wanted to give of a dream like sense, and I feel like aside from the subtle hints the green gives off on the trees, it is made obvious that it is an oil painting, along with the colors of the water, it is just relaxing. Even makes me wanna take a nap looking at it.
View from Stalheim, Johan Christian Dahl, 1842, From the collection of: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
The 3rd image I decided to use is called View from Stalheim and it was painted in 1842, by J.c Dahl. I found this painting to be an obvious choice because of the overall vibe it gives. The textures used just seem to mix perfectly. But overall it the way it all culminates and comes together, it seems like a scene you would see in a movie, and it's so surreal that once you get to the top of the painting, your mind is kind of just blow away.
Stoney Pines, Cannes, William Stanley Haseltine, 1870 - 1880, From the collection of: Maryhill Museum of Art
The 4th piece I wanted in my gallery is called Soney Pines, Cannes. I see it was painted around 1870-1880 by William Haseltine. I decided to include this piece because it has the same setting as most of the painting I have selected. And I really liked the use of the colors, the subtle shades or green and yellow really make this picture kind of sad and dreary. It leaves me thinking that it could be the morning or the evening, and I think it’s the wonder all together that made me want to choose this painting.
An Artist Studying from Nature, Claude Lorrain (French, b.1604, d.1682), 1639, From the collection of: Cincinnati Art Museum
The 5th piece I wanted to use is called An Artist Studying from Nature, it was painted in 1639 by Claude Lorrain. Like the picture before and all the others the time of the day that seems to take place in all these painting is what made me like it. While there is allot going on, after you really take your time to look at all the fine details, your sight eventually settles on the tree in the center, and your kind of forced to rest your vision on everything as a whole, which I thought brought out everything in the picture.
River Landscape with a Castle on a High Cliff, Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, b.1628-1629, d.1682), 1670s, From the collection of: Cincinnati Art Museum
The 6th painting that caught my eye and had to be included is a River Landscape with a Castle on a High Cliff. I would assume that is the name, it was painted between 1628-1629 by Jacob van Ruisdael. I thought this would fit perfectly because one it is an amazing oil painting of a landscape, but aside from the basic painting I feel like the green as well as white and brown textures on the ground work very well. And as your eyes look up to the green it really brings out the darkness of the whole piece. Once your eyes reach the top of the painting you see the calming blue sky which put your mind at rest and really make it dream like.
Rocky Reef on the Seashore, Caspar David Friedrich, c.1825, From the collection of: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
The 7th masterpiece I wanted to include is called Rock Reef on the Seashore by Casper David Friedrich. I really like this painting allot. It’s so dark and and haunting it pretty much reached out to me. What I found so interesting is the island in the far center of it. While the whole picture is rather dark, the true beauty in the picture in that center piece the sky above it. It really makes you think.
Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite, Albert Bierstadt, 1871 - 1873, From the collection of: North Carolina Museum of Art
The 8th painting that stuck out to me is called Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite painting between 1871-1873 by Albert Bierstadt. I decided this would be my next choice based on the sheer beauty of the landscape alone. There are allot of very heavy dark colors in this one. The greens , grey as well as the black really bring out the best in the picture, and as you make you eyes through the picture it rests on the lighter colors in the water fall and pulls it all together.
Tall Trees by the Water, Jacob van Ruisdael, 1665, From the collection of: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
The 9th painting I wanted to include is called Tall Trees by the Water by Jacob van Ruisdael, painted in 1665. I decided on this one because it kept the same concept and while there are many paintings like it, it stuck out and brought out that dreary feeling that I’ve been looking for in all my selections. What I think really brings that out is the dark colors ouch again, there very rough and mixed very heavily. Deep in the greens is a hint of black. Once you move past that you see the clouds and coming of darkness giving it that really ominous creepy feeling.
The Great Forest, Jacob van Ruisdael, 1655/1660, From the collection of: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
My 10th and final selection is The Great Forest by Jacob van Ruisdael. Painted between 1655-1660. In this piece I felt like things worked differently and while usually I visually like to to start from the bottom and work my way up, it really is quite the opposite. At first glance you notice a dark sky and work your way down to the trees. While the trees take up what I feel like is the majority of the picture. It boldness forces you to continue looking down to see the road, leaving you with a sense of wonder, asking yourself, where is it going?
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