Posted in Art and Artists, Coursework, Part 3, Research & Reflection

Research Point: Landscape Artists

The research point states “Research artists from different eras who use landscape as their main subject.” I will also include a slightly wider catchment than this, as there are a number of interesting artists who produce Landscape images but without this being a primary subject for them.

To start considering this I decided to start by throwing the net wide. Searching for landscapes on WikiArt , at the Tate and the V&A provides a host of landscape based artwork to consider. Some of this falls within the approach that’s suggested by the question, but not all. Kandinsky, for example, might not be considered primarily a landscape artist – but the following is of interest:

Landscape with factory chimney, Wassily Kandinsky
Landscape with factory chimney, Wassily Kandinsky from https://www.wikiart.org/en/wassily-kandinsky/landscape-with-factory-chimney-1910

In addition to those searches I also subscribe to a number art feeds on Twitter, and this regularly provides landscape material that I like. The resulting set of images quickly provides an idea of just how vast the field of landscape drawing and painting can be.

Artists

Initially I’ll look at the artists instructed in the course text, and then expand the consideration further.

Albrecht Dürer

The following images art from WikiArt:

The provide an idea of the range of Albrect Durrer’s landscape artwork, much of which seems to be watercolour or print based.

Claude Lorrain

The following images are also drawn from WikiArt:

Claude’s paintings are mainly Oil, an can be classed as high-status “History” paintings in the academy tradition.

L.S. Lowry

Shifting to Lowry is a significant change of style. Again, images are drawn from WikiArt for convenience:

Lowry’s subject is much less grandiose, most famously street scenes in Salford, Manchester. They document a time of industrial growth and its human impact.

George Shaw

Winding further forward in time, George Shaw is a contemporary artist and so the availability easily usable of images is more limited. The following images are from https://alchetron.com/George-Shaw-(artist):

In some ways his work is more similar to Lowry’s, in that he is showing the reality of the urban environment, but his approach and style is very different.

Sarah Woodfine

In some way’s her work is less prolific and available than the other artists in the list, but no less interesting for it. the following piece from the V&A illustrates her work well:

Newfoundland, Sarah Woodfine, 2004. Museum no. E.322-2006
Newfoundland, Sarah Woodfine, 2004. from http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/n/newfoundland-by-sarah-woodfine/

Her work is very individual in style, with this sort of 3D construction fairly common. This intersection between drawing and sculpture is of particular interest to me, and I hope to see some of her work directly at some point. Possibly the best selection of her work was found on Pinterest.

Van Gough

Van Gough produced many landscape paintings, with the following all drawn from WikiArt:

The range of styles is fascinating, though he is most famous for the style which includes “Starry Night”.

Oscar Claude Monet

Monet is an Impressionist artist, with the following samples o his work drawn from WikiArt:

Patrick Willett

I find Patrick’s work interesting as a contemporary artist, again images drawn fro Wikiart:

Patrick’s work includes rural and cityscapes, similar in some ways to Lowry and Shaw (above).

Conclusion

There are too many landscape artists to cover even a small fraction of them in an overview like this. What this broad review has achieved, however, is to provide an idea of the many ways that different artists have used to record the world around them. It becomes as much an illustration of the importance and meaning of personal voice as anything.

 

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