Famous American Landscape PaintersWell-known American landscape painters
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The American landscape has an interesting story of works and painters. Work by John Constable and Richard Parkes Bonington had an influence on American landscape paintings. 20th c. abstracts of American painters came closer to the landscape with a multitude of different genres and promoted a unique American Expressionist style. Well-known American landscape painters: Durand, George Catlin, Thomas Cole, John Mix Stanley, William Bradford, Frederic Edwin Church, Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, George Caleb Bingham, John James Audubon, Thomas Moran, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, John Singer Sargent, Seth Eastman and Ian Hornak.
A Journey of Life, Masculinity by Thomas Cole, 1842. To Arizona Sunset Near the Grand Canyon, by Thomas Moran, 1898. William Morris Hunt's Niagara Falls. Seth Eastman's West Point, New York, 1875. The Seth Eastman, Hudson River with a panoramic sight of West Point, 1834. The American Landscapes. Landscapes.
An American landscape artist. Eighteenth Century, John Henry Twachtman, Hemlock Pool Fall, circa 1900. www. american landscape painting of the nineteenth century. Willam Merritt Chase, Landscape:
The Greatest Western Landscape Painter (and what I learnt from them) - Cari Updike
That' s a theme I've been obsessing about for a little over a century, about as long as I've been drawing the landscape. What are the great landscape painters of the American West who work today? I' ve been studying the work of many great landscape painters; the French expressionists, the Hudson River School painters, the Californian expressionists, the Russians landscape painters, the little known landscape watercolours of John Singer Sargent, the landscape of painters of the southwest like Carl Oscar Borg, Maynard Dixon, etc...
However, I spend most of my free times with the works of today's modern landscape painters. Let's talk about style: My stylistic preferences are a point somewhere between reality and abstract. Closely drawn or photorealistic works may be excellent from a technical point of view, but they do not satisfy me artistical.
Work that is too much focused on the abstracted may be emotional intensive, but often lacks expert designs, qualities, colours, etc. And all this said, it is my view (which perhaps isn't much worth) that the greatest contemporary West African landscape painters are Clyde Aspevig (Montana), Ray Roberts (California) and Lem Chmiel (Colorado).
Let us first look at the works of Clyde Aspevig. Nobody makes the landscape better than him. He was at Scottsdale Artist's when I was just beginning as a musician. He has the knack of turning completed pictures against the walls for six month and then looking at them with renewed vigilance before leaving his work.
None of the 29 works in the exhibition was poor. Both my man and my boy (who went with me to the exhibition) had other favourite pictures than me, but we all agree that every picture was dignified in the mural. Clyde Aspevig is surprisingly diverse in material, I believe his very best sceneries are of mountains.
No wonder for an Montana-based musician. The next one's Ray Roberts. He taught me how he thinks about the landscape and how this comprehension provides the frame on which his pictures are based. "His pictures begin with value sketches. When he then begins to construct his picture, he makes sure that all the shades remain near each other in value and that all the highlights remain near each other in value.
This" compressing of values" in a family of lights and shadows introduces punching and dramatic elements into his work. The greatest asset of Ray Roberts lies without doubt in the paintings of sea landscapes. You remember, he's a California artist. Chmiel is an experienced flavor. I needed a while to appreciate and appreciate his art of drawing, because he is quite minimalistic and his compositions are mostly out-of-the-ordinary.
Ifyou haven't already finished reading the beautiful new volume about him, Len Chmiel: An Authentic Nature by Amy Scott and Jean Stern (published 2012), go get it and do it. Whilst I have a tendency to like just about everything that is currently being done by Clyde Aspevig and Ray Roberts, I don't like everything that is being done by Lem Chmiel.
However, having the courage to draw what he draws brings him additional points and brings him to my pantheon. Chmiel is also thematically very varied, but in my view his best pictures are his snows and aquatic scenarios. Have Aspevig, Roberts and Chmiel moved so that they could move close to the most attractive landscape, or became best at what they saw most?
By the way, there are some other landscape painters I think are like them: they are the most important ones: Brand Smith (Arizona), Josh Elliot (Montana), John Taft (Colorado) and Mark Haworth (Texas). I' ve put a picture for each of them to compare. What have I learnt from Aspevig, Roberts and Chmiel?
Clyde Aspevig taught me how to work with my work. I learnt from Ray Roberts to base the texture of my paintings on value, and from Lem Chmiel I learnt to have the guts to try out extraordinary composition, to observe and grasp the world of the outdoors in an extraordinary way.
There' s something else I have learnt from these extraordinary landscape painters. And the overriding motive for all these painters being great is that they have no weakness. "An image is only as powerful as its most fragile part. "Clyde Aspevig, Ray Roberts and Lem Chmiel have no significant shortcomings.
This doesn't mean that every picture is a home run, but it does mean that they are champions who have worked on every facet of their work until they have no more trouble spots.