Saturday, April 19, 2014

Elements In The Work Of Famous Landscape Painters

By Anita Ortega

Famous artists all tend to work with space in the way that suits them best. They each have a technique that makes their work easy to identify. Some rely heavily on their own interpretations when they are portraying distance and end up with a bit of abstraction in their work. Kiefer, Monet and Turner painted beautiful, romantic images that celebrated life and also commented on the mistakes that people have made.

Artists who focus on this category generally try to bring out whatever makes a scene capture their attention. When they examine the beauty of creation, something stands out and they decide to try and put that on canvas. People all over the world usually look forward to seeing what these famous landscape painters have done. In this way, all of us may continue enjoying beautiful scenery while we are indoors. We can also see what places look like many years ago.

A painter may use this type of composition as vehicle for color. European art placed more emphasis on using all the beautiful shades that are visible to human beings. In Asian art, painters were able to create great variations in tone with just a single shade. In any case, the viewer is invited to examine color and the effect it has on depth and distance.

Color also influences how viewers perceive the nature of a specific element in a painting. For example, if something is rendered in orange, we tend to attribute certain qualities to it. Bright shades draw attention and in this way, artists can lead viewers of their artwork to attach more prominence to specific objects such as trees or buildings.

Just the presence of man made objects can indicate how old a painting really is. As mankind has branched out more into nature with skyscrapers, bridges and railway lines, glimpses of these can be seen in paintings. The work of the old masters had less of these objects than we can see in contemporary art.

Landscape painters are occasionally thought of as people who merely create pictures that are pleasing diversion. However, they can easily make political statements and communicate strong messages in their work. Symbols may be assembled in ways that reflect the follies of a nation or the uselessness of some particular type of behavior. The spiritual values which are important to a nation may be celebrated by the inclusion of mountains or other signs.

Some of the established Chinese and Japanese masters used various techniques to bring mountains closer to the viewer. For example, they painted details into these large masses, instead of fading them as would be expected with greater distance. Wyeth also paid a lot of attention to detail and over time, he emphasized this more in his work and was less focused on color.

Beautiful landscape paintings allow you the chance to reflect on life and the environment. There are artists in this category who did not only focus on landscapes. They did many other types of work. However, their compositions in this genre will be appreciated by anyone who has an interest in it. Museums and galleries make it easier to see examples of their work.

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