Masterpieces with Single Tree Composition

Fundamentally, all landscape paintings have a focal point, which draws the viewer’s eye to the heart of the paintings composition. For instance (as shown below), the cypress trees serve as the focal point in Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘Wheat Field and Cypress Trees’, the sun in Claude Monet’s painting ‘Impression’ and the central tree in the painting ‘Banks of the Marne’ by Paul Cezanne.

But what if the composition of the painting comprises of a single tree, the focal point diminishes and the central figure is the lone subject of the painting. Which genre would the artwork fall under – Landscape, subject study or symbolic art? The theme sounds vague, boring and bland but surprisingly this rare composition has been captured beautifully by many master artists. We explore few such masterpieces that aesthetically illustrate this atypical theme.

The Mulberry Tree by Vincent van Gogh-
The isolated tree shown against a rocky terrain has its branches spread out with a blast of fiery colors. Vincent managed to create a magical autumn experience by means of just a single tree.

 

 

Rose bushes under the Trees by Gustav Klimt-
The canvas is like a confetti explosion of various shades of greens and yellows. Klimt’s unique composition of a single tree with rich foliage, depicted with tiny specks of brush strokes is one of his most popular masterpieces.

 

 

The Tree Series by Piet Mondrian-
The solitary trees in the series are depicted in their most basic and simplistic form, true to Mordrian’s art movement ‘De Stijl’ / ’The Style’. Cleverly angled brush strokes, and limited palette void of greens are the unique characteristics of this series.

 

 

The Bonaventure Pine by Paul Signac-
Painted in pointillism style a huge Umbrella Pine tree stretches across the canvas. The subdued background highlights the majestic form and the interesting shape of the tree. Following the pointillism technique of small dots applied in patterns, pixels of lighter tone sprinkled around the tree, suggest sunlight filtering through the leaves, adding a dreamy feel to the painting.

 

 

Autumn trees by Egon Schiele-
The bare lone trees made by the expressionist artists are metamorphic, the series deal with the themes related to death and rebirth. Grey palette, twisted trunk, cloudy sky and entwined branches are a compelling portrayal of a stormy winter, allegorical of misery and loneliness.

 

 

Pine Tree near Aix by Paul Cezanne-
The composition of this artwork differs from the rest, it’s unique and abstract, much like the other artworks of the post impressionist artist. The central figure (i.e. the pine tree) gets cut from all sides and is used as a frame for the painting. The mesh of the branches connecting the sides, combine all the elements to the center of the composition.

 

 

The Oak by Edvard Munch-
The artwork has an interesting color scheme, cool sky tones gradually descend to warm earthy color, diagonally from top left to bottom right. Though the color gradient of the tree is reflected on the background, yet Munch successively managed to highlight the tree as the central figure.

 

 

The Pink Peach Tree by Vincent Van Gogh-
The painting depicts a peach tree in bloom during springtime, despite being painted with subtle and pastel shades the artwork looks vibrant and spirited. The perspective exaggerated by the tapering flow of the brush strokes helps in highlighting the tree as the main subject.

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Th.V. Doesburg, Drei Haeuser by Juan Gris-
The abstract treatment represents the tree as a three-dimensional form viewed from a single perspective. The cubist artist’s composition despite its simplified geometric forms retains the look and feel of a landscape.

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Tree in flower near Vetheuil by Claude Monet-
The father of impressionism’s technique of capturing light and its effect on the color of the object is at play in this painting. The light and shade on the solitary tree are represented brilliantly with precise dabs and dashes of varied tones.

 

 

Little Oak Tree by Franz Marc-
The simplicity of the painting is reminiscent of ‘The Mulberry Tree’ by Vincent van Gogh (first painting on the top), spirals of fresh green leaves are highlighted by the brilliant blue sky and animated strokes of the ground.

 

 

The Fig Tree by Paul Klee-
The lone trees’ composition, monochromatic tones and the arrangement of the colored shapes reflect the artists experience in stain glass.

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L’Arbre (The Tree) by Pablo Picasso-
Picasso’s neutral colored artwork illustrates a stylized tree, with array of bold strokes and distorted shapes, the composition is compact with interlinked forms.

 

 

A Great Tree by  J. W. Turner-
The Watercolor artwork projects a powerful and majestic tree, the composition partly cuts the tree from the sides, highlighting the sunlit part of the tree as the focal point.

 

 

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Just a Fluke of ART

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(Left) The popular Elephant Rock on Heimaey Iceland, (Right) Cloud formation in shape of a man

 

Perceiving recognizable image in random shapes of clouds, stains on a wall, knots on a tree trunk or other such unusual places is a creative vision which all of us possess. This phenomenon is called Pareidolia by the psychologists, wherein the mind perceives a familiar image of something where none actually exists. However an artist would rather not term it as a phenomenon, it’s an ‘Experience’ of a ‘Happy Fluke of Art’.

The creative genius, Leonardo da Vinci advised artists to use this experience as a means to stimulate creativity and generate original ideas, he wrote- “if you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see diver’s combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms.”

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Extract from Leonardo da Vinci’s Note book

Leonardo da Vinci’s technique is just right for an artist with creative block, the experience stimulates the creative imagination, starting off a ripple effect of innovative ideas. The artistic vision expands and starts seeking out fresh ideas, the mind is nourished with visual suggestions and creative interpretation.

Artists like Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Dali have used this concept to their advantage in a clever and unique manner. Arcimboldo created a number of portraits of people by painting an assemblage of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, books and more, the objects typically had some connection to the person’s/subjects life or depiction.

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(Left) The Librarian, (Right) The Jurist

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(Left) Rudolf II, painted as Roman God of the seasons, (Right) Winter

 

Shown below is the painting made by Salvador Dali who was highly inspired by Arcimboldo’s technique. In the artwork titled- Swans Reflecting Elephants, he uses visual illusions to depict the Double Image Experience/Pareidolia. Here, the three swans in front of bleak, leafless trees are reflected in the lake, the swans’ necks become the elephants’ trunks and the trees become the legs of the elephants.

Swans Reflecting Elephants

 

Dali’s painting shown below- depicts a group of African tribal women with a landscape and a hut-like shelter in the background. If seen from a distance, it looks like a face lying on its side.

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Below is the black and white photograph of an African village that inspired Dali to make the painting (shown above).

Dali Inspiration

 

Another interesting example of ‘Accidental Art’ is this artwork of ink and gouache. On casual blotches of ink, Dali recognized a depiction of a man in Renaissance garb serving wine to another, he wittily filled in few gaps to make it more identifiable and concrete.

La Soif

 

In our childhood days, at some point or the other we have all played this game of spotting arbitrary shapes of animals or faces in bizarre places, most commonly in clouds. As adults, we tend to lose that imagination, even so we should continue this practice of cultivating our creativity, enjoying such experiences and sharing the joy with others.

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(Left) The Ballet Tree, (Right) The famous profile of Stac Levenish island -Scotland

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Saltwork formation in the shape of elephant (Algeria)

Pareidolia in clouds.

The rightmost cloud formation appears to be a bear, surprising the left cloud which can appear as a pig.

 

Image Author’s – Diego Delso and Subber culture, Stephen Hodges, Patrick Gruban and Danamania
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Everybody Loves Landscapes

Every art collector has a favorite genre but landscapes is one such kind which is liked by all art enthusiasts, whether it’s green open fields, vast coastal views, serene valleys, wild forests or a simple foliage of a garden. Here are few reasons to why it’s the most loved art theme.

In today’s time, being surrounded by the beauty of nature in any form is what generally people would call a perfect get-away from their hectic city life. Landscape paintings manage to capture the scenic beauty of these experiences, making sceneries a popular theme among city populace. Fine examples of these are the landscapes made by the impressionist artists.

Landhaus in Rueil By Edouard Manet

 

The Water Garden by Childe Hassam

 

Field with flowers near Arles by Vincent van Gogh

 

Landscape as a subject is extremely flexible and versatile, the composition can be stylized in many ways- abstract, realism, impressionism or cubism. Cezanne, Dali, Marc Franz, Rousseau are few artist’s who painted landscapes, each following a radically unique style (artworks shown below).

Landscape and a Seascape by Henri Rousseau and Dali

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At the Water’s Edge by Cezanne

 

Deer in a Monastery Garden by Marc Franz

 

The Home of the Heron by George Inness

 

Artists like Constable and Turner on the other hand followed realism. Constables masterpiece’s ‘Wivenhoe Park’ (top-most image of this post) and ‘An Old Bridge at Hendon’ (Shown below) are classic examples of landscapes made during the romanticism era. Fresh colors, rural subjects, countryside views, twilight scenes and slush greenery in harmony with a brilliant blue sky were some of the elements of romanticism.

An Old Bridge at Hendon by Constable

 

Landscape paintings are also favored by the interior designers because it’s a genre that goes well with all sorts of interiors- traditional interiors for home, contemporary corporate spaces or theme based décor. Nature showcased in any form or style, adds a soothing effect to a space, its welcoming, attractive and the color palette is mostly wide enough to harmonize with the other elements in the interior.

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For a small room with poor lighting or a windowless space, a landscape painting makes a lot of difference, it creates a feeling of wider space. Adding landscapes and sceneries are one of the many tricks used by professional interior designers for adding an illusion of increased space in small apartments and flats.

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In Feng Shui, landscape paintings are a popular element used to energizing the atmosphere. Landscapes with flowing water symbolize abundance in cash inflow or career advancement. Scenic greenery and cultivated fields makes a painting best suited for well being and liveliness. Trees, budding flowers and mountains suggest growth and support. Scenic paintings are one of the easiest and most flexible elements used by Feng Shi experts to modify energies and attract positive vibrations.

Morning Sunlight Effect by Camille Pissarro

 

Finally, love for scenic landscapes is an inherent nature of mankind because we evolved in it. We have had an age-old connection and a profound relationship with nature, the impact of a scenic painting is bound to be of joy and captivity.

Undergrowth with Two Figures by Vincent van Gogh

 

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India Documented in Watercolors (1850-1870)

Enticed by the exotic culture and stunning landscapes of India many British artists travelled the country and recorded their experiences via artworks, most popular being the water-colorist William Carpenter. He travelled extensively for seven years (1850-57) and managed to capture the Indian culture and landscapes in the most accurate and realistic manner.  It’s because of the authenticity and well-observed preciseness of his artworks that his wide collection of 200+ watercolors is considered a valuable source of information for documentation purposes.

Shown below are some of the most incredible watercolors made by W. Carpenter.

Interior of the Neminath temple, Dilwara, Mount Abu- 1851

 

Two Kashmiri Girls- 1854

 

The Golden Temple at Amritsar- 1854

 

Grove of date palms near Breach Candy, Bombay- 1850

 

Street scene in the bazaar in Udaipur, Rajasthan- 1851

 

Akali Sikh sitting near the causeway to the ‘Golden Temple’ in Amritsar- 1854

 

Interior of the Golden Temple, Worshippers are gathered around the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs which rests on a red cushion under a canopy Amritsar- 1854

 

Portrait of Tara Chand, the court painter of Udaipur- 1851

 

A Singwali or woman of a wandering gypsy tribe- 1855

 

Mar Canal at Srinagar, Kashmir- 1855

There were many other artists commissioned by the East India Company, the main propose was to give the British community back home, a pictorial peek into the ethnic culture and the amazing flora & fauna of India. William Simpson, also a watercolorist has a comprehensive set of artworks to his credit. Originally a war artist, he was sent to India to sketch historic events following the ‘Revolt of 1857’ (Sepoy war) however he was so enamored by the diverse Indian customs, notable monuments and festivities, he ended up painting more of local scenes and landscapes. His plan was to produce an illustrated publication of his artworks made in India which unfortunately never materialized.

Shown below are some of the remarkable watercolors made by W. Simpson.

Ellora- 1862

 

Panchganga Ghat from the Ganges, Benares, Varanasi- 1860

 

Ghats on the bank of the River Jumna, Mathura (U.P) 1865

 

Indian School of Calcutta:- Students seated on mats around their master, working on slates- 1859

Nandi bull in a courtyard of a temple in Benares. – 1864

 

Akal Bunga (‘timeless house’) in the Sikhs’ Golden Temple at Amritsar- 1864

 

Water wheel being turned by two bullocks, Amritsar- 1864

 

A hill village near Simla in the Himalayas. – 1860

 

Taj Mahal, the monument as seen from the garden, with Europeans and malis (gardeners) in the foreground and flowerpots- 1864

 

Gateway of the Buddhist shrine- Sanchi Stupa- 1865

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Art for Feng Shui

The basic theory of Feng Shui (meaning ‘wind ‘and ‘water’) is to create a positive setting for the circulation of the invisible energy flow present in our living environment. The course of the life force (Chi) around us influences our success, relationships and health. Obstructions to this flow can cause disharmony resulting to adverse repercussions. To achieve balance and accord, Feng Shui consultants guide us as to- ‘what’ and ‘how’ to arrange the matter around us. As per Feng Shui guidelines, synchronization and stability can be achieved by arranging personalized objects, in the right manner in our surroundings.

In Feng Shui, art plays a very important role in energizing the atmosphere. It is one of the easiest and most flexible elements that can be used to modify energies and attract positive vibrations. The artwork selected should candidly communicate the motive and secure the objective accurately.

Water signifies prosperity, success and wealth. Select a landscape with flowing water for the North segment of your house for abundance in cash inflow or career advancement. The course of the flowing water in the artwork should give the impression of moving in the direction of the viewer, in other words towards the house. Shown below are some of the artworks by Master’s suitable for the North sector of the house.

La Grenouillere by Claude Monet

Fishing boats at Sainte Marie by Vincent van Gogh

Rest along the Stream by Alfred Sisley

Artworks that exemplify love, togetherness and happiness needs to be placed in Southwest sector of the house, for energizing love, deepening family relationships and developing new associations. Shown below are some of the artworks by great Master’s apt for the Southwest subdivision of the house.

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

The Luncheon of the Boating Party by Renoir

A painting that radiates potency and longevity is good for the Health sector of the house (East).
Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh- The evergreen trees cypress in the painting signify longevity and strength. Scenic slush greenery and cultivated fields make the painting best suited for well being and liveliness. The wood element in the painting is also favorable for the East.

Irises by Vincent van Gogh Irises an ornamental flowering plant that survives in hard conditions like dried semi-desert and rocky mountains illustrates potency and dazzling energy. The solid long stems with blossoming flowers make it a powerful print for healing and fertility.

Artworks or prints that communicate movement and new opportunities should be placed in the ‘Fame and Reputation’ segment of the house (South). Select a print with vibrant colors, blazing with energy and packed with action.
Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh- The numerous spiral stars signify new opportunities and activities. The Water element in the painting adds positive energy for success. Activate your ‘Fame and Recognition’ sector with this energized painting.

Poppy field by Vincent van Gogh- The fiery red poppy flowers against the brilliant green fields painted with animated brushstrokes, if placed in a South region, it will be favorable for ‘Fame and Reputation. Trees and mountains in the background suggest growth and support.

Southeast region of the house, which is for ‘Prosperity and Abundance’, needs artworks that symbolize good fortune, ampleness and opulence.
Still Life with Quince Pears by Vincent van Gogh The painting screams abundance and prosperity. The gold-like yellow pears are most appropriate for dining hall or kitchen.

The Harvest by Vincent van Gogh Harvest the most productive season of the year symbolizes good fortune and rewarding results. A print most appropriate for acknowledgment and acclaim.

Creativity and Children’ division (South) of the house requires an artwork denoting expansion, a new beginning and prosperous growth.
Almond blossom by Vincent van Gogh- The budding almonds in the painting illustrates beginning of a new life and growth. Placing this print in the ‘Children and Creativity’ section would be fruitful.

Small Pear Tree in Blossom by Vincent van Gogh The painting represents prosperous expansion and profitable results, most appropriate for creative development and new foundations.

For ‘Knowledge and Skill’ zone (Northeast) a tranquil and composed artwork would be fitting. It should signify inner growth and spiritual expansion.
Rose bushes under the Trees by Gustav Klimt The rich foliage highlights the Earth energy of the Northeast sector. The tree adorned with multiple dabs of green indicates change of season which in Feng Shui denotes positive alteration and willingness to accept change. The flowers symbolize rewarding results. A potent print for the ‘Knowledge and Skill’ zone.

Heidelberg by E. Phillips Fox – This artwork also grounds the earth energy for Northeast. The green foliage and serene atmosphere awakens insightful and intuitive thoughts.

Finally, select artwork that communicate the most with you and expresses your intentions. Instead of deciding base on commercial ads selling Feng Shui products, rely on your instincts.

 

The Outlaws – Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne

Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne were considered the outlaws in many respects, in the art world because of their revolutionary art styles and in the social order because of their reputation as hostile and antisocial characters. The founders of the new avant-garde art movement- post impressionism, they were the rebellions of their time. They rejected the conventional rules of painting and created their own unique style, much to the annoyance of the traditionalist. However their bad boys status is not limited to the art scenario, all three were well known for their eccentric and unapproachable nature.

 Interior of a forest by Paul Cézanne

Paul Cezanne’s art was much ahead of his time, even his contemporaries ‘The Impressionists’, known to be the  revolutionaries of their time couldn’t cope with his radical style. His ultramodern technique was by far too advanced for the impressionist to categories him as one of their own. Eventually Cézanne broke away from the group and cut all ties with his other fellow artists. He shifted to a secluded base in a suburb of Aix-en-Provence and started leading a very reclusive life in complete isolation.  As per his biographer Lawrence Hanson-“ He became violently anti-social that poisoned every relationship in his life. With every year his detestation of his fellow men seemed to grow and his efforts to appear even passably civil dwindled to next to nothing.”

 The card players by Paul Cézanne

 The Pool at the Jas de Bouffan by Paul Cézanne

 Still Life with Jar, Cup, and Apples by Paul Cézanne

 Still Life with a Ginger Jar and Eggplants by Paul Cézanne

Vincent van Gogh like his artworks was volatile and unpredictable. His erratic brush strokes and intensely dazzling palette altered the face of art forever. His offbeat masterpieces have been an inspiration for future art movements like Cubism and Fauvism. Van Gogh became the poster child for the classic eccentric and unfriendly artist. His mood swings, alcoholism and mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder made him an outcast in the society. The artist himself confessed to his brother Theo that he felt like a misfit even amongst his own artist friends. After the infamous incident, when he cut his ear lobe with a razor, the locals in Arles signed a petition stating that van Gogh was dangerous and unreliable. Thereafter he confined himself within the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum and painted within the hospitals property.

 Garden at Arles by Vincent van Gogh

Wheatfield with crows by Vincent van Gogh

Roses by Vincent van Gogh

Poplars near Nuenen by Vincent van Gogh

 Poppy field by Vincent van Gogh

Paul Gauguin became an outsider by choice, he abandoned his wife and five children and escaped to a small primitive island- Tahiti. Though it was an idealistic life for a lone artist but shifting away from civilization and selfishly running away from family responsibilities would qualify him as an oddball even in current times. Financial difficulties and his need to look for compositions and subjects unadulterated by the artificial western culture led him to visit Tahiti. Enamored by the exotic location and simplicity of the natives, he eventually decided to make the island his permanent home. His bright colored Tahiti paintings captured the innocence and ethnicity of the locals superbly. The usage of experimental colors and abstract shapes of the indigenous subjects in his tropical paradise-like masterpieces was fresh and original. Unfortunately, these new and untried techniques could not be comprehended and accepted by the art community of his time.

Three Tahitians by Paul Gauguin

Two Tahitians by Paul Gauguin

The Siesta by Paul Gauguin

Self Portrait by Paul Gauguin

Being ‘the outlaws’ wasn’t the only thing they had in common, the trio made groundbreaking progress in the art world which laid down the foundation for the modern art. Unlike other contemporary artists of their time, who composed what they saw in real life and copied it on their canvases, Gauguin along with Vincent and Cezanne were first of their kind who made from their imagination. Great artists like Picasso and Matisse were greatly influenced by these outlaws.

 

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Why shouldn’t art be pretty? – Renoir

Even though Pierre-Auguste Renoir was one of the initiators of impressionism his painting’s themes were different from the rest. The Impressionists (Monet, Degas, Sisley, Manet, and Pissaro) made paintings- ‘en plein air’ (outdoors), he preferred making figure’s over landscapes, particularly of women. All his paintings had pleasing themes, subjects with joyful expressions and beautiful rosy faces. He once quoted- Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.

Dance at le Moulin de la Galette (shown above) is one of his most popular masterpieces. One of his recurring themes was to illustrate the celebratory nature of the Parisians. The artwork shows, couples dancing in the open-air dance hall and café on a Sunday afternoon. The joyful mood and carefree ambiance fashioned by Renoir reflects the typical life style of the Moulin society. His hallmark technique of short and quick brush strokes makes the subjects look animated and vibrant. Renoir figures had soft contours, mildly blending with each other which made them look blurred, adding a dreamy feel to the painting.

The entire canvas is covered with spots of light and shadow, suggesting bright sunlight filtering through the trees. This adds a gleaming summery experience to the scenario. On the whole, he managed to capture the vivacious spirit of the Parisian’s very skillfully.

Another favorite theme of the artist was portraying people engaged in their daily life in informal situations. ‘Girls at piano’ and ‘In the Meadow’ (shown below) are two such artworks that captured relaxed and casual real life scenarios. The former, depicts young girls enjoying their favorite pastime of playing the piano, which was typical of that time. Models for both the paintings are same, the second painting –‘In the Meadow’ shows an intimate view of two young girl’s leisurely picking flowers.

One of Renoir’s most delightful, life size compositions of contemporary life is- ‘Country Dance’ (shown below), it shows a young couple dancing in an open-air restaurant. Numerous elements of the artwork indicate that it’s a spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment dance. The unfinished meal in the background, the fallen hat and the seated crowd on the left, are the visual evidence. The supple brushstrokes and superbly crafted pose adds grace to dance movement.

Renoir focuses on the pleasure of the couple, their closeness and lady’s gleeful expressions are the highlight of the painting. The young woman, totally absorbed in the moment, cheerfully smiles at the viewers involving them in her experience.

In his lifetime Renoir painted around 6000 paintings, he was also well-known for his still life’s of fruits and flowers. Even though he wasn’t an outdoor artist, his experimental landscapes were no less picturesque than the other impressionist artists. Shown below are some of his other popular artworks:-

Woman with a Parasol in a garden

Rocky Crags at L Estaque

La Grenouillere

Pont Neuf- Paris

In the Woods

Bouquet in a Vase and Bouquet of Chrysanthemums

Mixed Flowers in an Earthenware and Still Life with Bouquet

Peaches and Grapes

Turner: master of seascapes

J. W. Turner’s experimental seascapes were known for its drama and action. His art style was much ahead of his time, many art historians believe that his approach defined the bases for impressionism.

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The artist’s obsession with seascapes was so great that it is said that he got himself tied to a ship mast in order to study and experience the stormy moods and turbulence of the sea. However art historians dismiss it as a story generated to justify the phenomenal experience the viewers felt seeing his paintings.

 

Turner’s artwork stood apart from his contemporaries because of his unconventional method in depicting the splendor and force of seascapes. His groundbreaking technique of glazing over impasto captured the volatile nature of the sea in the most magnificent manner.

Sheerness as seen from the Nore

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Although Turner’s style is said to have been an early step towards impressionism, his artworks’ theme like many of his contemporary romanticist artist was to depict and explore the relationship between God and mankind. Depicting nature in its most pure and raw form with dramatic play of sunlight, stormy sea and translucent fog was his signature style of depicting the might of the Higher power.  It is said that his last words uttered before he passed away were “The sun is God”.

The Fish Market at Hastings

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The uniqueness of his work was also the way he treated oil’s like water colors. The transparency, untamed application and brief brush strokes were considered very avant-garde and original in his time.

Scarborough town and castle- morning boys catching crabs

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In his later years, his approach became increasingly abstract, nonfigurative and expressionistic. Turner couldn’t care less to explain the meteorological accuracies of the weather and time depicted in his artworks, emphasis was to stage an action-packed enthralling act on the canvas.

Wreckers- Coast of Northumberland, with a Steam Boat Assisting a Ship off Shore

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Claude Monet’s love affair with nature

Claude Monet, one of the most famous painter in the history of art, known best as the father of Impressionism had a fanatical fascination for landscapes. His style of capturing light and natural forms laid the foundation of the revolutionary art movement- impressionism. All his life he experimented with variations of color, passing effect of light and reflection.

Even as a student in the art academy, Monet never liked being confined to the classrooms. He was more interested in exploring and capturing Mother Nature with his paints on the canvas. His avant-garde technique of loose and short brushstrokes captured the essence and impression of the landscape’s. The uniquely unfinished look of his artwork is what ended the realistic classical art era and paved the way for a new art movement- impressionism. Shown below are some of his most popular paintings.

Impression- Sunrise (shown above) was one of the paintings displayed in the first art exhibition held by all the impressionist artists (Manet, Renoir, Degas, Monet etc) the artwork coined the word impressionism. It was made by the artist within 40 minutes. The critics used the title of the painting to phrase the exhibition as-“The Exhibition of the Impressionists” hence accidentally defining the new art movement.

The town of Argenteuill with its scenic appeal lured the artist in to making some of the most exquisite and groundbreaking paintings. Shown below are a few of his artworks which reflected some of Argenteuil’s most picturesque view’s, one of them being the artists own garden in Argenteuil.

The Bridge at Argenteuil

Bassin d’Argenteuil

The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil

Monet made a series of remarkable paintings of the celebrated Poppies at Argenteuil. Three of which are shown below.

Poppy Field (Mrs. Monet and her son in the background)

 Poppy Field in a Hollow

Poppy Field

Woman with a Parasol (Mrs Monet and their son) was painted in a single session probably within few hours, the impulsiveness is clearly visible with the bold and dynamic strokes of multiple shades. The subject of the painting is casual, it depicts a relaxed family outing on a sunny, fair weather day. Upwards perspective, windy atmosphere and the juxtaposition of Mrs Monet with her partly visible son, adds a sense of amazing depth.

Some of Monet’s monumental coastal landscapes (shown below) have received much appreciation by art historians and collectors. The illustrative and flowy effect in his seascape’s is depicted with great dexterity by the artist, using his signature style of energetic, animated and free flowing brushstrokes.

Vétheuil

The Beach at Sainte Adresse

 French Port of Le Havre

Three Fishing Boats

Flower Beds at Vétheuil (shown below) is one of the artworks made by Monet during his stay in the town of Vétheuil, along the Seine. The uniqueness of this artwork is the usage of complementary colors applied in a thick and fragmentary manner, adding a spirited commotion to the painting.

Unlike other artist of that time Monet composed artworks with industrial subjects and manmade green belts with much grace and artistry. Below is one of the finest example of the same. This bold choice marked his artworks with originality and gave his paintings a very contemporary look.

Train in the Countryside

Monets garden in Givery was a major source of inspiration for his most notable paintings that captured the quintessential characteristics of impressionism. The water lilies series that he made during this phase are considered to be his most treasured masterpieces. Often, a single spot was made by him on numerous canvasses under different lighting and weather conditions. The artworks when placed together depict the changing hues and shades with a silky flow. Shown below are two of his paintings from the Water Lilies series.

 The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool

 

How to select art for your interiors

In practice, there are two ways of going about it, if you believe in “art for art’s sake” then decorate the interiors and select the art piece. On the other hand if you feel strongly about art, then select the artwork and plan the decor around it. However, irrespective of the path you follow out of the two, ultimately the decor and art should support each other for a visual appeal.

Style and subject of the artwork:-
The first step is to get a sense of the art that appeals the most to you, figure out what expresses your persona. However, in that process don’t get attached to one particular style. Be open to exploring different genre’s since each room has a character that needs similar kind of artwork on the other hand mixing styles in the same space is not against the rule though it is a little tricky.

Roy Lichtenstein

‘Damselle’ by Pop Art artist Roy Lichtenstein adds glamour to a multi-hued modern interior – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

van gogh peach tree

Vincent van Gogh’s Painting ‘The pink peach tree’ infuses creativity to the space – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

still life

Vincent van Gogh’s & Camille Pissarro’s Still life Painting’s act as color blocks complementing the prints & patterns of the interior – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

Size and shape of the artwork:-
Shape of the wall should reflect on your artwork, on a horizontally long wall have a landscape size artwork or bunch of small artworks displayed in an interesting horizontal arrangement on the wall. On a slender vertically long space, hang a panel or a portrait size piece. This would highlight the height or width of the wall.

marilyn

Marilyn Monroe Portrait’s by artist Andy Warhol’s grouped in an atypical manner gives an interesting result- CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

van gogh wheat fields

Vincent van Gogh’s Painting ‘Wheatfield with crows’. The landscape makes the width of the wall look more imposing – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

vertically long

‘Woman in bath’ and ‘Girl with Ball’ by Roy Lichtenstein makes the wall look tall and grand – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

The art work should be of the right size if the piece is too large for the wall it can get overwhelming, a large canvas shouldn’t cross three fourth width of the couch below it. On the other hand, if an artwork is too small it will lose its charisma, it should be at least half the width of the sofa below it.
For the painting to be at an average eye level, the center of the piece should be approximately 57 inches away from the floor.

van gogh boats

Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘Fishing boats at Sainte Marie’ is three fourth of the sofa below it- CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

Contrast or harmony of the colors:-
You can either create a stark contrast or synchronize the colors of the artwork with your interiors. If you decide to follow a particular color scheme then at least one or two of the most outstanding colors in the room should be prevalent in your artwork. Don’t go overboard with the matching, the colors need not be of the exact shade or tone, it’s good enough if they are from the same family.

white

The tones in Edgar Degas’s painting – ‘Ballet Rehearsal on Stage’ establish a visual link with the interiors- CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

pissaro

Alfred Sisley’s painting ‘Rest along the Stream’ synchronizes well with the tone of the space – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

Frame- Three things to consider before selecting a frame for an artwork- the frame shouldn’t dominate the painting, it should form a link between the piece and the interior decor, it should complement the style of the art?

The artwork is the star of the show and a good frame never over shadows the artwork or steals its spotlight.  It serves as an enclosure that enhances the painting and drives the viewers focus to it.

Egon S

Egon Schiele’s modern artwork ‘Crescent of Houses’ looks impactful with a basic and sleek natural wood frame – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

degas dancers

The ornamental frame on Edgar Degas’s painting- ‘Dancers’. mirrors the paintings’ classical style – CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

Lighting:-
Correct lighting intensifies the visual impact of the artwork, brings out the subtle details and the fine gradation in colors. Use track or directional spot lighting for recessed ceiling fixtures to highlight your artwork. However, best would be individual picture lights, to illuminate your piece.

spot lights

John F Weir’s still life ‘Roses’ and Vincent van Gogh’s painting ‘The harvest’, light up with individual picture lights on them.- CLICK TO BUY OUR CANVAS PRINT’s ON AMAZON.in

 

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