Landscape art is simply the appreciation of natural settings which are traditionally depicted in a wide angle or panoramic view. A sense of perspective, together with the logical arrangement of elements in the composition, is typically inherent to this enormously popular art form.
Elements of Landscape Paintings
Over the ages, virtually all landscape paintings from all corners of the globe have embraced the sky; tempestuous, stormy weather, towering mountain peaks and dramatic waterfalls, rivers and oceans as integral elements of the genre.
Ancient Chinese in the intricate and detailed Chinese ink painting tradition were amongst the first to depict nature in a sophisticated manner, while the Ancient Greeks of the Hellenistic period made use of perspective for the very first time.
Landscape Art as a Genre
In the West, landscapes were originally almost accidental settings for figures and personalities who spoke of the narrative in the work. It was only in the 15th century that landscape as a definitive genre was established, as is evident in surviving examples of beautifully crafted illuminated manuscripts.
Development of Landscape Painting
From then on in, landscape art evolved and improved in technique, with the paintings synonymous with the Dutch Golden Age exhibiting ingenious ways of depicting light and weather. In 18th century England, landscapes were generally captured in watercolour and it wasnt too long before artists became specialist landscapists – JMW Turner, John Constable and others.
The French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists including Pissarro, Cezanne and Van Gogh embraced landscape painting in their own indefatigable style, while modernists Kandinsky, Matisse and Rousseau captured natural settings in their colourful, trademark fashion.
Landscape Art in South Africa
South Africas diverse natural beauty has motivated countless fine artists to capture the scenes and settings that define the southern tip of Africa. Established artists who have provided wonderful examples of quintessential South African scenes include:
Prodigious realist, Errol Norbury, has a vast and varied collection of works in oil including wonderful landscapes that speak of South Africas ever-changing views and vistas. The collectible artist, whose works are permanently displayed in galleries, museums and private and corporate collections all over the planet – including the Maritime Museum in London – has a special affinity to the large and imposing Baobab tree. His rendition of this African behemoth at sunset, entitled Baobab, exemplifies his attention to detail and his remarkable understanding of Africas extraordinary light.
Acclaimed as the father of modern South African landscape art, Louis Audie is best known for his wonderful, evocative works in oil of the solitary scenes inherent in the Karoo and neighbouring Namibia. His work, Karoo Mountain captures the silence, loneliness and extraordinary beauty of this dry, arid and ancient land with absolute honesty.
Seduced by South Africas spectacular scenery and superior light, Gerrit Roon has produced a diverse collection of landscape art that encapsulates the warmth, vibrancy and unique identity of the land. Revered for his careful composition, brilliant balance of tone & colour and vigilant treatment of light, Roons undeniable talent is perfectly displayed in his wonderful landscape in oil of one of the icons of Africa Table Mountain.
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