Tag Archives: landscape painting

Ma Yuan, Album leaf, A Mountain Path in Spring, c. 1190, silk painted page, 10.8" x 17", National Palace Museum, Taipei, Public Domain via Wikipedia Commons. Ma Yuan, Album leaf, A Mountain Path in Spring, c. 1190, silk painted page, 10.8

Ma Yuan: Landscape and Poetry

The Chinese court painter Ma Yuan explored the relationship between landscape painting and poetry. A Mountain Path in Spring depicts a scholar communing with nature. He stops for a moment to feel the breeze and watch a bird as it takes flight. He twists his beard as … Continue reading

Asher Brown Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1849, 46.1” x 36.2”, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Happy Autumn from Asher B. Durand

This iconic painting by Asher B. Durand depicts the artist’s mentor and close friend, Thomas Cole, the leader of the Hudson River School, in conversation with the poet William Cullen Bryant. The pair stands at a distance from Kaaterskill Falls … Continue reading

George Inness, Sunny Autumn Day, 1892, oil on canvas, 31 7/8” x 41 11/16”, Cleveland Museum of Art, Photo by pirano Bob R via Fickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License.

George Inness’ Parallel Universe

George Inness, the American landscape painter, was at different points in his career associated with the American Hudson River School and the French Barbizon School of landscape painting; yet, it’s the work he did at the end of his career … Continue reading

Arthur Dove, Sunrise, 1924, oil on wood, 18¼” x 20 ⅞”, Milwaukee Art Museum, Photo by Micah & Erin, via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

Arthur Dove Shows Us What a Sunrise Feels Like

Arthur Dove was a member of a small circle of artists in New York City, including Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, that introduced modernism to America. Dove developed a highly original form of abstraction based upon the natural landscape and … Continue reading

Wang Ximeng, Detail of A Thousand Li of River, 1113, ink on silk, 2’ x 39’ (full scroll size), Palace Museum, Palace Museum, The Forbidden City, Beijing, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

How to Read a Chinese Landscape Painting

Wang Ximeng was a prodigy artist working in China during the Northern Song Dynasty during the early twelfth century.  He painted his masterpiece, A Thousand Li of River, a long landscape scroll painting, when he was only eighteen years old in … Continue reading