Thursday, December 04, 2008

Winter Sunset Landscape and Hudson River School Sunsets



Winter Sunset Landscape, painting by Jan Blencowe

Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:

Title: Winter Sunset
Media: acrylic on linen
Size: 10 in X 10 in (25.4 cm X 25.4 cm)

Price: $100 + $5.00 shipping


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The days are getting short and winter is finally settling in. I like the idea of hibernation on the winter lol. The bears have it all figured out! I usually like to take things slower in the winter and tackle projects that take some time to do. I save anything major for the coming energy of spring.


Have you noticed that sunsets are spectacular in the winter? The sky just seems to blaze. Perhaps this is because the air is so cold and the fiery colors of he sunset seem all the warmer.

Hudson River School Sunset Paintings


Martin Johnson Heade, Lynn Meadows, Mass., c. 1871-75, oil on artist's board, 7 7/8 x 16 inches, collection of Henry and Sharon Martin
Here's a beautiful example of a sunset over the marsh painting, from the Hudson River School movement of the 19th century. That's salt hay they've gathered into stacks.





Frederick Church, "Twilight in the Wilderness" (1859).
About 5 ft. wide. Large image available at Artchive.
Read some commentary.
Check out some Emily Dickinson sunset poems (her brother collected
Hudson River paintings.): How the old Mountains drip with Sunset. See
also Red Sea, Indeed! or Like Mighty Footlights or Whole Gulfs--of red
or Sunset that screens, reveals.


John Frederick Kensett, "Near Sunset" (c. 1850).
Focus on light and atmosphere is typical of the later "luminist"
painters. See two hazy autumn-lit poems by Emily Dickinson:
As Imperceptibly as Grief and These are the days.


Frederick Church, "Cotopaxi" (1862).
About 7 ft. wide. Large image available at Artchive.
See commentary on this painting.
If you love these paintings as much as I do please visit Pittsburg State University, Art Tours page.

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