Sunday, June 07, 2009

August Evening, Hammonasset

Copyright 2009 Jan Blencowe, Connecticut USA

About This Painting: Artists' fascination with light and shadow is well documented throughout art history, Caravaggio being the artist who most notably developed the technique of chiaroscuoro in the 17th century and influenced so many artists including Rembrandt, another master of light and shadow. (read more below...)

Medium: acrylic on linen

Style: tonalism/luminism/Hudson River School

Size: 20x24

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Art Critic Robert Longhi Speaking of Caravaggio......"Ribera; Vermeer; Georges de La Tour and Rembrandt could never have existed without him; And Delacroix; Courbet and Manet would have been utterly different".

It is Rembrandt that is fascinating me right now, particularly his drawings and etchings of the landscape. When we think of chiaroscuro (light/dark) we think most often of it being applied in figurative works but that same psychological/emotional drama can be found when the technique is applied to the landscape with some very moving and profound results.

I observe this thread of chiaroscuro repeated in the Hudson River School paintings and so I have been deeply intrigued about bringing this characteristic into my own work.

Let's see the if we can follow the thread of chiaroscuro.....

Caravaggio, The Calling of St. Matthew 1599-1600

Rembrandt, The Mill, 1645-48

Vermeer, View of Delft, 1660-61

Thomas Cole,Romantic Landscape w/ Ruined Tower, 1832-36

George Inness,
I can't find the exact date somewhere between 1860-1880 perhaps

Some of my own ciaroscuro explorations in the landscape....

Lost in Light, 20x30,2008

Blue Moon, 20x30, 2009

Evening Falls, 24x36, 2007

Calm and Storm,20x30, 2009

Luminary of the Autumn night Sky, 30x40, 2007

Sunset, 8x16, 2009

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