oil on canvas, 55.6 x 77.8 cm (21 7/8 x 30 5/8 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
My initial thoughts are set out in the list which follows. The idea is to be able to start by asking what a landscape is, work through different ways in which landscapes have been portrayed - and the reasons why - and finish up with an idea of how relevant landscape art is in today's contemporary culture. This will obviously link into yesterday's post - Landscape Art - A Timeline in Art History
The development of landscape art - topics:
- What is a landscape?
- The development of Landscape Art
- the beginnings of landscape art
- the contrast between east and west
- the role of illuminated manuscripts
- landscape as background
- landscape through the window
- landscape as panorama
- landscapes for pleasure
- landscapes as records of exploration
- landscapes through the seasons
- the sublime landscape
- the picturesque landscape
- landscapes as 'bling' - commissions for the landed gentry
- landscapes for the Grand Tour and tourists
- landscapes as records of battles and wars
- The role of the figure in the landscape / staffage
- Paint - the development of watercolour landscapes
- Paint - from bladders to tubes: the impact on plein air painting
- The development of plein air painting
- Barbizon School
- The Macchiaioli
- Landscape art and artists' colonies
- The development of regional art
- Landscape Art - the status of the genre (past and present)
I very much welcome
- input from readers as to whether there are other aspects which need to be considered.
- Plus your comments on my suggested topics are also most welcome.
Like yesterday's post, this post will be a reference post and act as an index. It will then be updated with links to the relevant posts as they are posted and/or the index is revised.
In the next post I'm going to start considering topics which consider the landscape in terms of particular places where it thrived - and why that was.