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History of landscape painting

Landscape painting is a figurative representation of the landscape. It can be combined with other symbolic or narrative elements. It can be found in medieval miniatures in the West, in the ancient Roman world, in Indian painting and in Persian miniatures.

Landscape painting: periods and painters
In the Middle Ages, the landscape reveals notions of spatial organisation. Little by little, new perspectives were created and revealed scenes of daily life, such as the very rich hours of the Duke of Berry.

Painted landscapes took on real importance during the Renaissance, mainly with religious or mythological subjects. The love of landscape developed in contact with pictorial art and the new developments of the modern era. The birth of landscape is subject to a compromise, in situ - the attention of the landscape artist and in visu - the vision of the painter. This compromise is slow, complex and difficult to reconstruct, but is always essential. In ancient Greece and Rome, the landscape acts as a background to highlight a main scene. The 'topia' or landscape scheme was established in the Roman imperial period.

In the 17th century, even though landscape was not recognised academically, it was strongly represented in the works of Rubens or Nicolas Poussin. In the 19th century, the interior landscape was emphasised by the Romantics with more or less oriental tendencies. The 20th century was marked by a new wave of landscape painting with the launch of the Land Art movement.

Edward Hopper, who was attached to the landscapes of the Atlantic coastline, painted them and gave rise to contradictory interpretations, notably his depiction of a scene in the 1880s.

William Turner and Caspar David Friedrich are in the register of tortured nature landscapes and represent pure emotions in their paintings. 

The impressionism of Claude Monet at the end of the 19th century accomplished a real revolution in the practice of landscape painting. It marks a decisive turning point in the history of landscape painting because it plays on the effects of light, and emphasises the accuracy of nature through its features and remains faithful to the model, i.e. the landscape itself.

Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night is probably the best known of his famous landscape paintings!  It was in 1888, when he moved to Arles, that he painted a soft starry night conducive to his reverie. Some of the plastic elements of this landscape illustrate his pathology: sharp lines, infernal spirals, very contrasting colours....

Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955) appropriated landscape painting in a completely different way from the artists studied so far.

He proposes a more realistic painting, his works question the opposition between abstraction and figuration.  Giving himself freedom in the representation of reality, he stages the landscapes of Sicily, which he fell in love with during his trip to Italy in 1953.

Gerhard Richter's painting has the same kind of intellectual relationship with the landscape as a pictorial genre. 

Landscape as the main subject

According to art critics, the Antwerp painter Joachim Patinier is the creator of the landscape as a genre. The contemporary artist Dürer described him as 'the good landscape painter', and he himself was the first person whose works were watercolours and gouaches in landscape. In this respect, Giovanni Bellini's Venice lagoon combines oil paint with superficial layers of glaze. This reduces the emphasis on architecture and concentrates on the landscape.

During the Renaissance, many painters expressed urban myths through landscape. A good example of this is the Florence planning project. It reveals the ideal urban landscape painting. In addition, Flemish painting shows representations of interior scenes through window frames. Later on, they were to become larger and even occupy the surface of the canvas, as in Giorgione's Storm.

The different techniques of landscape painting

Landscape painting offers unlimited possibilities and varies according to the period in which it takes place. The painter can opt for a nature painting. As such, he represents the nature painting for what it is. Alternatively, he may choose to paint the landscape as a simple setting, thus revealing a scene of life.

A wide variety of techniques
All the techniques used in painting can be used to paint landscapes. Some of these techniques are traditional, while others are quite recent. Acrylic is one of them and uses pigments associated with synthetic resin. It dries very quickly and allows works to be painted in a short time. Watercolour, on the other hand, is a painting technique that uses fine, ground pigments combined with water. The blurred and watery rendering allows for more vaporous and romantic landscapes. 

The painter can also choose to use the following techniques for their special characteristics. Gouache, unlike watercolour, is an opaque and covering water-based paint. Oil is a painting technique based on drying oil and pigments. Dripping is an application technique based on "letting it drip". Lacquer is a resin that comes from latex. As it dries, it forms a protective barrier on the painting.

The landscape painters at Carré d'artistes

Mountains, cliffs, forests, rivers, fields, the sea, cities, architecture... These are all places that have helped inspire our artists. Each painter has his own technique of landscape painting. Landscape paintings mixing abstract, realistic and poetic styles will parade before your eyes.

 Alain Héraud is one of those painters who produce nature paintings referring to the sea. The artist's inventive works are bursting with light and evoke a peaceful atmosphere, conducive to calm and rest. His paintings take the viewer to imaginary cities or turquoise seas.

The photographs that Franz Alias uses as raw material for his works are printed on Japanese paper. This technique reinforces the artisanal touch of his work. His landscape paintings are made from Indian ink, acrylic and spray paint. Timeless, they seem to come from another time. The artist uses different techniques that embellish any imperfection around us.

Let your imagination run wild through the landscape works created by the Carré d'artistes painters.

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