Monday, April 30, 2012

Albert Bierstadt

Puget Sound, NW Pacific


The German American painter Albert Bierstadt heightens the sense of drama in this work through the use of strong contrasts: white spray against rocks, or a dark tree against a light background. He locates these tonal contrasts so that the viewer's eye finds points of interest in different areas of the composition. This is particularly important in a large painting.

At the height of his career, Bierstadt was the most popular landscape painter in America.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Alejandro Cabeza

Some coastal scenes by the Spanish painter Alejandro Cabeza.

See more of his work here

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Harbor Reflections

Emile Gruppe

CW Mundy

In the calm waters of the harbor, reflections become a much more important part of the composition.
Masts and ropes provide interesting linear elements.
These paintings also exploit the contrasting tones on opposite sides of the hulls of the boats, best seen in the late afternoon.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hobie Porter

Australian artist, Hobie Porter, superimposes images of manufactured objects onto his seascapes, provoking the viewer to reflect on humanity's effect on the natural world. These large canvases are executed in meticulous detail.