19th Continental Landscape with figures


 

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19th Century Continental Landscape

Unsigned, Oil on Canvas 27" wide by 23" high overall in Modern Frame and Good Condition

900

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Landscape art depicts scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers and forests. Sky is almost always included in the piece, and weather is a facet of the composition.

In the 1st century, Roman frescoes of landscapes decorate rooms that have been preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The word landscape is from the Dutch, landschap (the German cognate is 'landschaft) meaning a sheaf, a patch of cultivated ground. The word entered the English vocabulary of the connoisseur in the later 17th century.

Early in the 15th century landscape painting was established as an art genre in Europe, as a setting for human activity, often a religious subject, such as the themes of the Rest on the Flight into Egypt, the Journey of the Magi, or Saint Jerome in the Desert.

The Chinese tradition of "pure" landscape, in which the minute human figure simply gives scale and invites the viewer to participate in the experience, was well established by the time the oldest surviving ink paintings were executed.

The pair above are in good condition and have recently had a light clean.