Painting Bazaar believes Landscape paintings have a wide range. Landscape paintings need depth and a sense of nature and also love for nature to showcase talent on canvas as landscape painting. It includes natural subjects like rivers, mountains, foliage etc. or even man-made structures such as buildings and monuments. Dr James Fox, an art historian, beautifully imagines different landscapes around the world and believes that ‘landscape painting’ about feels and portray it on canvas.
Landscape painting is the leading art industry from the 1800s as a response to societal structures and political hierarchy. It seems old fashion but it is not its always refreshing because who doesn’t love nature? Everyone loves nature so does landscape paintings.
The roots of landscape paintings can be traced back to the genre of Chinese art of fourth century CE, but in Western history, the significance of landscape painting was recognized in the 16th century. when England, France and the rest of Europe starting enhancing its beauty.
The problem with landscape painting is, it is ranked too low in the hierarchy of genres. Set by Andre Felibien, secretary to the French Academy in 1669, this hierarchy that bloomed during the Renaissance period goes as follows:
• History painting
• Portrait painting
• Genre painting
• Still life.
Thus, there was little to no importance given to landscape painting compared to the historical works, portraits and genre paintings made in that era. However, the second half of the eighteenth century was a refreshing era for landscapes artist because art connoisseurs understood the beauty of it and started adapting their imagination into paintings.
The recognition of a spiritual element in landscape art has been present form its beginnings especially in East Asian art, derived from Daoism and other philosophical traditions, but in the West, it only became noticeable with Romanticism. The Romantic Movement intensified the existing interest in landscape art, and remote and wild landscapes, which had been one recurring element in earlier landscape art, now became more prominent. Landscape art comes with elements like mountains, skies and greenery whilst the colours range from light hues and brighter shades. Oil paintings are the most dominant form of landscape paintings. Over time, artists became more known of landscape painting and started experimenting with colours, settings and scenic wonders. That’s when highly detailed and realistic to impressionistic paintings came into the picture. Also, this led to the emergence of romantic and idealized themes. “In landscapes, the colours, textures, then timing selected for the day, all must be tangible. Artist must know all these factors. A perfectionist is who produces work that is consistently good. Nature should stir artist soul, and when a viewer sees the painting by such artist, it will stir the heart of viewer too.”
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