Research Point-Historic and contemporary artists

Through this research lesson I am going to learn about the works of  landscape artists who I will analyze and examine their techniques.

Claude Monet, 14 November 1840 – 5 December 1926.

Key Learning Points:

  • En plein air/ plein air painting-How did he bring out the light(the natural sun light) into his works?

Monet’s haystack series, he had drawn these in many conditions and situations. For the objects the stacks, they look boring but Monet gave them such different characteristics. I admire that he deals with the foreground, middle ground and background’s objects and also gives an impression of 3 dimensions and different layers.

  • Strokes-How did Monet use his brushes and colours palette?

What is the effect of using golden colour in a stormy weather condition and we also can feeling the sun light/direction? He has  captured our focus on the sun in sky and its reflection on the waves of the water in the Thames.

Compared to the other houses of Parliament, this one is absolutely impressionist painting. As when he finished the work “Impression, Sunrise” and to send to the gallery but it wan’t been recognized but it got the name for it which is “Impression, Sunrise”. As this one is same description of impression and he is the founder of impression painting.

Paul Cézanne, 19 January 1839 – 22 October 1906.

Key Learning Points:

  • Contrast and compare the volume of the objects. Think about the integral/overall relationship between objects.

Cézanne used very heavy/impasto to depict the sky, lake surface, buildings and the trees(for the integral work but give up the individual’s independence and authenticity) that they look geometry/cubist. This is unique technique and he is the founder of the modern art.

  • Put your own artistic thoughts, observation and experiment.

Cézanne’s building works have absolute dimensions  and the building are heavy, strong and calm. He shows volume and has an airy painting style. He captured the volume quickly and accurately.

David Hockney was born 9 July 1937.

Key Learning Points:

  • Using multi medias for his art career.

Hockney’s “joiners” work using  patchwork and give the art a further and emphasized concern. Making  his works more like cubism. Later he changed his point of view by discovering  the camera and using images that “came out somewhat distorted”. Then he turns his focus to painting. He carried on to explore acrylic paint then draw on ipad or ipod etc digital medias.

  • Technique of expression on his landscape also with his concept of the theme.

Hockney produced the geometric figure on the West Yorkshire wolds. I love his capture of the moment and the layer by layer of the scenes. For the second work how did he explore the branches for the raw of trees and the foreground pattern.

Peter Doig was born 17 April 1959.

Key Learning Points:

  • What is his unique style of inspired on abstract on Doig’s landscape paintings.

Doig’s landscape paintings covered by the snowy scenes is an unique technique. So what is his palette likes? Does he use a lot of white colour?

  • How does he express layers of lights. The objects look simply but attract the viewers.

The first snowy hill looks so simple colour from sky to the foreground but it convey several layers and vivid scenes. So does the second work’s sky and the red raw of trees. On the third work is with about 6 layers of parallel ground areas that they look simple but with an  intriguing colour palette.

John Virture was born in Accrington, Lancashire in 1947.

Key Learning Points:

  • How does he use shellac black ink and white painting on his monochrome painting and convey the vivid landscape?

Virtue’s works inspired and his methods are between abstraction and representation. He sees colour as “unnecessary distraction”. I admire that he keeps most areas in the images black but his draws not on death but life. So what does he exactly convey in his pictures? He paints the scenes? circumstances? nature? culture? history? or so on? I think there are so much emotion with them.

Nicholas Herbert

Key Learning Points:

At my first glance of Herbert’s works I was just feeling unsure about the images I only can see some texture and pattern in them. But what’s are his points to attract the audience?

Look carefully at his works and take a deep breath to gaze and find the feeling through these texture and pattern.

  • A feeling of mystery about emotional sensation.
  • His mixed media of skills of graphite soluble crayon of subtle tone.

Herbert has produced a grand series of landscape of the Chiltern Hills. He selects the different year, season, weather condition and may work with difference emotions as well. Then he depicted many angle of the compositions and give a special aesthetic feeling to his works.


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