Kenneth Clark in his book ‘Landscape in Art’ 1969 described Claude Lorraine’s compositions in this way:-
‘This involved a dark coulisse on one side (hardly ever two),, the shadows of which extended across the first plain ….
Claude Lorraine was a methodical painter and when you compare a number of his painting together he does appear to work to a set formula.
but most importantly he used his artistic skills and eye to put them in various arrangements in each painting he did so that no two were the same but told a narrative story that was important in the times that he was painting.
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