Oh, The Places You’ll Go! A Landscape Show

Summer is here and it’s time for an escape! OhThePlaces

Well don’t get caught in the “Waiting Place.” Join us for our June Landscape show. dk Artists Elizabeth Chapman, Helen DeRamus, Steve Dininno, Terrence Gasca, Ana Guzman, Jodie Hutchens, Shellie Lewis-Dambax, Roos Schuring, and Dirk Walker will take you to “great places.”

A good landscape will transport you. Let’s get our flags flip-flapping and head out to an art escape. Where do you want to go?

Venice at Sunset Dirk Walker

Venice at Sunset
Dirk Walker


Here’s the Skinny …

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Raphael

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints Raphael

Prior to the 17th century, European nobility widely considered landscape painting the lowest art form. Prevailing opinion said landscapes took less skill and precision than portraiture and were purely implemented as “backdrops” to more important holy scenes.

So how did the lowest art form become one of the most popular, likeable subjects in contemporary art?The history of landscape painting is influenced by religion, technology, and the changing way artists view the world .

#1 religious vs. secular artThe Protestant Reformation and European Renaissance brought great change to the culture of art. The Catholic Church lost much of its power and people wanted more secular art.

#2 technology Advances in technology profoundly impacted art, beginning with the invention of photography around 1839. Photography allowed “plein air” artists to take detailed reference photos

John Singer Sargent painting "en plein air"

John Singer Sargent painting “en plein air”

and work in the studio. The advent and innovation of digital photography and new media continues to influence contemporary landscape art in innumerable ways.

#3 artists’ view of world   The discovery of linear perspective allowed artists to master realism in landscape and elevated the practice as more scientific. As a result, landscape art gained more acceptance and popularity; however, it wasn’t until 1817 that the authority in art, the French Royal Academy, accepted its first landscape artist, catapulting landscape into fashion

++ We can’t forget the paint tube (1841)- one small yet ingenious invention, which receives little credit, gave artists the freedom to take paint anywhere without wasting valuable pigment.

A Few More Landscape Facts:

Now that you have a brief history of cultural influences, here’s a quick synopsis of the major influential landscape movements you want know:

Barbizon: 1830-1870, France

A Meadow Bordered by Trees Theadore Rousseau

A Meadow Bordered by Trees Theadore Rousseau

  • Emphasizing realism
  • Smooth tonal quality
  • Blended brush strokes
  • Soft form
  • Painting “en plein air” outside, directly from nature
  • Key Artists: Charles Daubigny, Theodore Rousseau, Gustave Corbet

Impressionism: 19th Century, peaking in the 1880’s, Paris

Le Grenouiller Claude Monet

Le Grenouiller
Claude Monet

  • Emphasizing the capture of transient natural light
  • Optical blending
  • Modulated brush strokes
  • Quick impression, not highly detailed
  • Painting “en plein air”
  • Key Artists: Monet, Pissarro, Renoir




Hudson River School:Mid 19th Century, America

Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains Albert Bierstadt

Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains Albert Bierstadt

  • Emphasizing the “Sublime” or that which inspires incomprehensible awe.
  • Realistic
  • Expressive, layered brushstrokes
  • Pastoral settings, harmony between man and nature
  • Painting “en plein air” and in the studio
  • Key Artists: Thomas Cole, Fredrick Church, Albert Bierstadt




VISIT dk Gallery’s next show Oh, the Places You’ll Go! opening June 5th. In this show you’ll find a variety of styles, which are influenced not only by the above mentioned movements, but also the Modern Art Movement (1860-1970) and modern digital society (we’ll talk more about that later). Consider the history that influences our artists today.

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