Once a battle ground for the colonial war and the cradle of European civilization on American soil,
Valley School Artists
With all the splendorous hues and shades of colours, these artists painted the landscapes with a touch of romanticism. They filled the canvases with sentimentality and freedom of expression. Among this pool of the artists, Thomas Cole (1801 - 1848) was the painter who is regarded as pioneer of the
The Theme: Discovery of new vistas, exploring the same for right use, and settling on this land for living further life: these were three main themes that the painters of
The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge - Oil On Canvass National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Thomas Cole's vivid landscape paintings had embedded allegory in them and the artists tried infusing intellect ideas in his paintings. His romantic view, too, had found out an outlet in his paintings. The innovative technique of applying the colours for exotic landscapes of
Frederic Edwin Church (1826 – 1900) was among the group of landscape painters who comprised the
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Here in this watercolour painting, the artist William Trost Richards has demonstrated his skill of using the effect of light on the mountains, river and the sloppy land. The centre point would be somewhere in the pond like water body that holds the most attractive portion of the painting.
John Frederick Kensett
THEME: Landscape paintings by the artists of
The necessary material a landscape painter comprises mainly two things: the precision in work and the pleasurable depiction of the perspective. However the most important aspect in making an artwork memorable is the intuition an artist feels while standing before a blank canvas. When the wide landscape is opened before the artist’s eyes, the painter follows the inner desire to paint a scene; he or she decides to create harmonious relationship between the vast canvass of the Mother Earth and the palate carrying with bright and cool colours in hand.
Through the combinations of the hues and tones of the colours, and by applying varying degrees of the brush strokes, the artists endeavours creating a parallel world on a blank canvas. After applying all that the artist has at his or her disposal, what figures out is the consequence of force of imagination and the degree of connection of heart the painter could have maintained with painting. The above painting