DAILY ART FIX: Top 10 Landscape Artists in Modern and Contemporary Art

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Peter Doig “Orange Sunshine” Oil on Canvas 108″ x 79″ 1995

There is the tradition of the landscape as subject matter in more than one culture. The Chinese painted them for centuries. In Western art the landscape was usually a background element for history paintings, though as the Modern era began, focus on the landscape itself as a means of spiritual and psychological expression gained in prominence.

This article discusses 10 artists making accomplished landscape paintings now.

7. Peter Doig

Peter Doig is a Scottish born artist, who as a child moved first to the Caribbean and then to Canada, where he grew up. His works evoke a strange and ambiguous narrative, often with a cloying or foreboding atmosphere. Often described as possessing of a ‘magical realism’, the works are rendered from photographs, not to replicate the precision of the photographic image but to reference elements of memory and record. In a 2008 interview, Doig referred to his use of photographs and postcards as painting “by proxy” and noted that his paintings “made no attempt to reflect setting”. Many of Doig’s paintings are landscapes, somewhat abstract, with a number harking back to the snowy scenes of his childhood in Canada. He draws inspiration for his figurative work from various photographic sources; newspaper clippings, movie scenes, record album covers and the work of earlier artists like Edvard Munch, whose works can be described as attempts to convey a profound psychological state. His landscapes are layered formally and conceptually, and draw on assorted art historical artists, including Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt.

Read the full article here: ARTLAND – Top 10 Landscape Artists in Modern and Contemporary Art


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