“The landscape painter must walk in the fields with a humble mind. No arrogant man was ever permitted to see Nature in all her beauty.” John Constable
The landscape has long provided artists with inspiration with the genre booming in the nineteenth century partly due to urbanisation alienating many people from nature and the countryside.
In the latter half of the twentieth century, the genre was expanded to include urban and industrialized landscapes and today artists approach the subject in increasingly varying ways.
David Hockney once said, “Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill,” and many of us recognise the delight that comes from experiencing a place, whether it’s watching a sunset over the ocean or looking across a forest valley.
The creative appetite to express a response to the landscape is at an all-time high, with artists painting not just literal representations of the landscape but also emotional expressions of a place, abstracted scenes and even imagined places.
Take a look at these 10 unique approaches to the landscape: