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AMERICAN PAINTING: Balancing Naturalism and Romanticism

Every art movement has its starting point; every art has a pool of artists putting stones of foundation. American world of art saw such happening in 19th century. In 1872 artist John Gast painted a scene of ‘people moving west’, capturing their activities. That painting started era of balancing naturalism and romanticism in US art.

Spirit of the Frontier

John Gast had painted this popular scene wherein a group of people were proceeding to the west. This was an established trend of people of America during that period. This painting was named and called as ‘Spirit of the Frontier’. It depicts the settlers moving in western direction. Here the artist had tried showing duel thing: the bubbling will of the people to progress and get some protection by the Godly beings. Showing the part of realism, too, the artist had painted one forward moving train. (Image Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

After that period, the modern American painters have given more height to the art of painting. The art has gone refined artistically and technically. The paintings done by one of the American painters, Steve Assael, seem balancing two great aspects of the art: factor of naturalism and essence of romanticism. These factors adored the objects painted in his paintings; whether the objects be figures painted or the things lying in surrounding. This is also true in respect of other paintings and drawings done during this period. The work of Figurative painter Steven Assael leads us to think beyond our age-old preconceptions. His paintings challenge us to change our thinking about representing the human bodies. His vivid images point to certain distinctions between photography and drawing or painting.

The prime focus of Steve Assael was to recreate human figures as realistically possible. These figures would either be a single individual or group of persons comprising men, women and children. If we talk about his technical side of painting, he kept his palette loaded with of cool colours. He would paint objects in glowing relief, bathed in gentle beams of warm and cool light. Themes chosen by Steven Assael were classical. His painterly prowess was unmatched during his time.

Fording The Stream - by Henry F. Farny (1847-1916)

Paintings of Assael seem capturing the temporal shades that the mechanical abstractions of a camera would hardly be able to cave in. It was due to one important factor: he used ink and pencil, astounding the eyes of viewers with his unmatched technical capability. His paintings and drawing are like the pictorial proofs establishing how the artistic skill is essential weaponry for a great artist. This painting, too, depict the activities full of hardships the people of America had done during eighteenth and nineteenth century. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Hudson River School of paintings: Thomas Moran (1837 – 1926) was a famous painter of the Hudson River School of paintings. He had painted the rocks of the mountains and with his painterly vision blended with romanticism. Thomas Moran’s depiction of the Western landscape was so effective, and demanding the storm of emotions too, that it was instrumental to the formation of Yellowstone National Park. The park was officially created in the year 1916.

Thomas Moran and his colleagues—Thomas Hill, Albert Bierstadt and William Keith—are known as the painters belonging to the artists’ group known as ‘Rocky Mountain School of Landscape Painters. They were named so as they mostly painted the western landscapes and adorned the beauty of the area around Hudson River. (Above painting is
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Oil on Canvas by Thomas Moran, 1904)

Here in the above paintings of Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone the American Painter Thomas Moran has tried to infuse beauty from the deepest place of the valley to the highest peak of the landscape. The darkness of the nearby details is posed dramatically against the brightness of the prospect that is at long distance. If any allegory is to be taken, it is that it help generating the feeling of adventure, as the scene of the mountain and the receding landscape also suggest the same.

Childe Hassam preferred to paint the landscapes as seen in the broad daylight. His paintings are of sun-drenched and vibrant in colours. Allegorically speaking, his paintings celebrated the presence of air coming from see for physical, mental, and aesthetic well-being of all. His composition of the landscapes was free and the colours were bursting in full form. The combination of skilful application of every hue of the colours and presentation of appropriate tonal values of every colour made his paintings so vivid and packed with artistic value.

AMERICAN PAINTINGS: Childe Hassam's Landscapes

Art of North America, the paintings of Bright Light, celebrating hues and tonal values of colours.

Isles of Shoals, Broad Cove. By Childe Hassam [oil on canvas, 1911 Honolulu Academy of Arts ]

Childe Hassam painted numerous views of late nineteenth-century seaside resorts. This entry examines two New England landscapes. these landscapes offer an optimistic view of the North American tourist. It demonstrates the artist's evolving Impressionist concerns. Look at the brightness of colours the artists had used to show the sunny days. The landscape is painted with knife-sharp accuracy of the seashore and the stones lying on the coast. (Image courtesy Childe Hassam [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons)

At the Grand Prix in Paris 1887The American Painter Childe Hassam had painted the landscapes of seaside areas, the period was last decades of nineteenth century. The prolific American Painter Childe Hassam owns a wide and thick body of paintings, the landscape paintings.

At Grand Prix in Paris 1887.

Childe Hassam’s landscapes mostly run around the subject found in the region of North America. he observed these landscape during his visits and painted many from his sketches of this area. Childe Hassam’s work includes the paintings done during late nineteenth century during which period his art was in full swing. He used oil and canvas to depict his masterly skill and his masterly executed works made him a famous Painter living in America. His paintings included the local people enjoying the free air and beauty of the was land. The costumes he painted were of both aristocratic and common people. [Image courtesy By Childe Hassam [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons]

He preferred to paint the landscapes as seen in the broad daylight. His paintings are of sun-drenched and vibrant in colours. Allegorically speaking, his paintings celebrated the presence of air coming from see for physical, mental, and aesthetic well-being of all. His composition of the landscapes was free and the colours were bursting in full form. The combination of skilful application of every hue of the colours and presentation of appropriate tonal values of every colour made his paintings so vivid and packed with artistic value. The most attracting feature of this painting is its arrangement of light and bright colours. It shows how the artist has used his painterly prowess. The Alhambra (1883) by Childe Hassam (Images Courtesy By Childe Hassam (1859–1935) Alternative names Frederick Childe Hassam Description American painter Date of birth/death 17 October 1859(1859-10-17) 27 August 1935(1935-08-27) Location of birth/death Dorchester, Massachusetts East Hampton, Long Island, New York Work location New York [Public domain or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons)

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