Landscape Painting: A History

Landscape Painting: A History

By: Nils Buttner (author), Russell Stockman (translator)Hardback

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Since Antiquity, painters have sought to portray the glories of nature, and many of their pictures have become the best-known masterpieces in the history of art. In this sweeping treasury of Western art, distinguished art historian Nils Buttner has chosen paintings that not only portray natural vistas but also dramatic scenes with people and architecture. His broad selection of paintings in this genre consists mainly of well-known works, but some seldom-reproduced pictures are also included. The paintings are presented chronologically, beginning with the heritage from the ancient world and the precursors of landscape artists in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Giovanni Bellini, and Raphael. The sixteenth century heralded a new perception of the world, reflected in the works of such masters as Albrecht Durer and Bruegel, as shown. Next, artists of the flowering age of landscapes in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries are featured, including Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin, Rubens, Rembrandt, Fragaonard, David, and Gainsborough. In the early nineteenth century, which was dominated by the spirit of Romanticism, artists began to display a new manner of treating nature. These revolutionary conceptions of nature are vividly presented with examples from Constable, Turner, Whistler, Frederic Church, Bierstadt, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer. These artists are followed by plein-air painters, Impressionists, and Post-Impressionists, among them Manet, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, van Gogh, and Rousseau. Artists represented from the twentieth century include Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Magritte, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth, and David Hockney. Many of the extraordinary works are reproduced in full along with a detail and an informative caption. In the authoritative text, the author traces the history of landscape painting up to the present day but also focuses on individual paintings and the circumstances under which they were created. Along with a description of a painting, the lucid text examines the work's cultural, historical, and aesthetic context. The art of landscape artists, which has long been an under-published area of art history, is finally and stunningly revealed in this richly illustrated tribute to their work. This fresh vision of landscape artists is certain to be welcomed by art historians and museum-goers, as well anyone else interested in Western art.

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Nils Buttner is a professor of art history at Dortmund University. He is the author of The Invention of the Landscape, the co-author of several books, the author of numerous catalog essays, and a curator of a number of museum exhibitions.


FOREWORD 19 The Ancient World Classical Landscape Painting 23 "Country houses, colonnades, garden structures..." 24 The Idyllic Spot 26 Garden Art 28 The Portrayal of Real and Mythical Worlds 30 From the Close of Antiquity to the Beginning of the Modern Era The Ideal Landscape 33 Landscape as a Symbol of Good Government 36 The Beauty of Nature 37 From Giotto to Petrarch 38 Landscape and Dominion 40 Portrait and Territory 50 Profane Landscape as a Sacred Ground 54 The Invention of Landscape: The 16th Century Pastoral Idylls -- Venice 73 Giorgione 73 Villa Mania 78 In the Light of Titian 81 Mountains, Forests, Cities -- Germany 86 Albrecht Durer 86 The Rediscovery of Ancient Geography 87 Albrecht Altdorfer and the Danube School 90 World Landscapes -- Flanders 100 Joachim Patinier and Herri Met De Bles 100 Pieter Brueghel and His Age 106 Buyers and Collectors 112 World Pictures: The 17th Century Rome and the World 125 Accademia Del Naturale 127 Nature Imagined and Observed 134 Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin 139 Heroic or Pastoral 148 Flemish Specialization 150 Mountains and Forests 150 Nature and Art 158 The Ideal of Country Life 162 Peter Paul Rubens 164 The Northern Netherlands 165 Plaisante Plaetsen -- Pleasant Spots 165 Their Own Way 178 Religious Issues 183 Specialization 188 Italianists 189 Questions of Meaning 200 The Realistic View 208 Regency, Enlightenment, and Romanticism: The 18th and 19th Centuries France 215 Fetes Galantes 215 Between a New Way of Looking and Traditional Ideas 221 Italy 230 Travel Fever 230 Identifiable Landscapes 234 The Actual View 238 England 239 A New Method 244 Topography 246 Constable and Turner 247 Germany 260 Inner Worlds: Caspar David Friedrich 260 Neoclassicists and Nazarenes 264 From Dusseldorf to St. Petersburg 273 New Departures: The 19th and 20th Centuries Pictures from the New World 279 France 296 Barbizon and Realism 296 Impressionism and Postimpressionism 308 Nabis and Fauves 335 From Symbolism to Art Nouveau 340 Modernism and Beyond: The 20th Century to the Present New Paths, New Ways of Seeing 357 Cubism 357 Neo-Plasticism 360 Futurism 362 Surrealism 362 Idylls and Catastrophes 370 The Blue Rider 370 Die Brucke 375 Political Landscapes 381 America 386 Looking Ahead 394 APPENDIX Bibliography 402 Index 410 Picture Credits 416

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  • publication date: 27/10/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780789209023
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780789209023
  • weight: 3811
  • ISBN10: 0789209020

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