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Landscape paintings

You dream of faraway lands, discover new urban and rural spaces through landscape paintings at Carré d'artistes!

History of landscape painting

The landscape painting is a figurative representation of the landscape. It can be combined with other symbolic or narrative elements. We find it in the miniatures of the Middle Ages in the West, in the ancient Roman universe, in Indian painting as well as in the Persian miniature.

Landscape painting at all times

In the Middle Ages, the landscape revealed notions of the organization of space. Little by little, new perspectives are born and reveal scenes of everyday life such as the very rich hours of the Duke of Berry.

The painted landscape took on real importance during the Renaissance with mainly religious or mythological subjects. The love of the landscape develops in contact with the pictorial art and the new evolutions of the modern time. The birth of the landscape is subject to a compromise, in situ - the attention of the landscaper and in visu - the vision of the painter. This compromise is slow, complex and difficult to reconstruct, but is still essential. In ancient Greece and ancient Rome, the landscape acts as a background intended to highlight a main scene. The "topia" or the landscape scheme was put in place during the Roman imperial era.

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

The main subject of the landscape

According to art criticism, the Antwerp painter Joachim Patinier is the creator of landscape as a genre. Contemporary artist Dürer defines him as "the good landscape painter” knowing that he himself is the first whose works designate watercolours and gouaches in landscapes. From this perspective, the Venice lagoon painted by Giovanni Bellini combines oil painting with superficial layers of glaze. This reduces the place of architecture and focuses on the landscape.

During the Renaissance, many painters expressed urban myths through the landscape. The Florence development project is a good example. This unveils the ideal urban landscape painting. In addition, Flemish painting shows representations of interior scenes through window frames. Later, they will take on greater dimensions until they occupy the surface of the canvas as in Giorgione's Tempest.

The different techniques of landscapes in painting

The landscape painting offers limitless possibilities and varies according to the times in which it comes to life. The painter can opt for a nature painting. As such, he represents the nature painting for what it is. Otherwise, he can choose to paint the landscape as a simple decoration, thus revealing a slice of life.

A wide variety of techniques

All the techniques used in painting can be used to paint landscapes. While some come from a tradition, others are quite recent. Acrylic is one of them and uses pigments combined with synthetic resin. It dries very quickly and thus makes it possible to paint works in a short time. Watercolour, on the other hand, is a pictorial technique which uses fine and ground pigments assembled with water. The blurry and watery rendering makes it possible to paint more vaporous and romantic landscapes.

The painter may also choose to use the following techniques for their special characteristics. Unlike watercolour, gouache is an opaque and covering paint with gummed water. Oil is a pictorial 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 canvas.

Landscape painters at Carré d'artistes

Mountains, cliffs, forests, rivers, fields, sea, city, architecture… These are all places that have helped to inspire our artists. Each painter has a technique of landscape painting that is unique to them. Landscape paintings mixing abstract, realistic and poetic style will parade before your eyes. Alain Héraud is one of those painters who creates a nature painting referencing the sea. The artist's invented works are bursting with light and evoke a peaceful atmosphere, conducive to calm and rest. His paintings take the viewer to imaginary cities or to turquoise blue seas.

The photographs that Franz Alias use as the 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 aerosol paint. Timeless, these seem to come from another era. The artist uses different techniques that embellish any imperfection that surrounds us.

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

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