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« on: February 10, 2021, 02:52:23 pm »

As an entrée, something of Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904), an almost exact contemporary of Watts...



Approaching Thunderstorm (1859)



Sailing by Moonlight (c.1860)



Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay (1868)



Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds (1871)



Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth (c.1890)

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2021, 03:23:29 pm »

Wow, what a stunning breadth of technique! All quite beautiful.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2021, 11:46:59 pm »

Indeed! The detail and technique in Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds is especially impressive!
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2021, 11:03:29 am »

A true master of the landscape, especially those of his adopted land, Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902). Well worth a Sunday afternoon browse...

https://www.albertbierstadt.org/



Westphalian Landscape (1855)



Sunlight and Shadow (1855)



The Old Mill (1855)



Storm Among the Alps (c.1856)



Fishing Boats at Capri (1857)



In the Foothills (1861)



An Indian Encampment (1861)



Moat Mountain Intervale, New Hampshire (c.1862)



Yosemite Valley (1866)



A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Rosalie (1866)



Niagara (c.1869)



Sunset in the Yosemite Valley (1869)



Evening on the Prairie (c.1870)



View of Donner Lake California (1871-1872)



Lake Tahoe, Spearing Fish by Torchlight (c.1875)



The Great Trees, Mariposa Grove, California (1876)



The Shore of the Turquoise Sea (1878)



Boats Ashore at Sunset



Canadian Rockies, Asulkan Glacier



Evening, Owens Lake, California



Forest Stream



On the Saco



Seascape



Sunset over the River



Autumn Woods (1886)



The Golden Gate (1900)

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2021, 11:21:25 am »

The thing that strikes me about those Albert Bierstadt examples, apart from the obvious beauties of each, is the sheer range. Some of them might almost have been done by Constable, some by Turner and yet others show the clear influence of the Pre-Raphaelites. The magnificence of the skies is breath-taking. As someone who couldn't paint a kitchen chair (I don't mean a representation of a chair, I mean an actual chair) what these guys could do with some paint and a brush seems like magic to me.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2021, 11:39:24 am »

As someone who couldn't paint a kitchen chair (I don't mean a representation of a chair, I mean an actual chair) what these guys could do with some paint and a brush seems like magic to me.

Hey, that's no hindrance to having a go. Well, it didn't give Cecilia Gimenez a moment's hesitation (possibly after having overdosed on Black Magic chocolates):



https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2012/09/20/161466361/woman-who-ruined-fresco-of-jesus-now-wants-to-be-paid?t=1613302051999

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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2021, 11:43:03 am »

Clearly, it should have done! I remember being appalled when that story broke. It makes your toes curl!
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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2021, 01:02:58 am »

Tonight, another great Landscape painter, Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)...



Scene on the Catskill Creek, New York (1847)



Storm in the Mountains (1847)



Morning, Looking East over the Hudson Valley from the Catskill Mountains (1848)



Above the Clouds at Sunrise (1849)



Rough Surf, Mount Desert Island (1850)



Twilight, "Short arbiter 'twixt day and night" (1850)



The Wreck (1852)



Autumn on the Hudson (1853)



Mount Ktaadn (1853)



Tequendama Falls, near Bogota, New Granada (1854)



A Country Home (1854)



Cotopaxi (1855)



The Andes of Ecuador (1855)



Sunset (1856)



Niagara Falls (1857)



Twilight in the Wilderness (1860)



Icebergs and Wreck at Sunset (c.1860)



Cotopaxi (1862)



Twilight, Mount Desert Island, Maine (1865)



Aurora Borealis (1865)



Rainy Season in the Tropics (1866)



Autumn (1875)
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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2021, 02:05:35 am »

Glorious!

It's difficult to tell, looking at reproductions, but one of the distinguishing features of Church's style is his incredible detail. For instance, in the larger trees in his paintings, typically every leaf is painted individually.

Bierstadt's art is magnificent. Seeing one of his typical canvases in person is an experience. Many of his landscapes are enormous (up to 5 feet tall and 7 feet wide) and absolutely breathtaking.
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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2021, 11:11:17 am »

These pictures by Church are just stunning. The skies in Twilight in the Wilderness and The Andes of Ecuador are especially amazing. If you didn't see it with your own eyes you wouldn't believe it possible to recreate the glories of the natural world like this.
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