Exercise: The Classical landscape

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.

  • A lone tree
  • Classic ruins or classical scenes from mythology
  • Distant mountains or landscapes
  • 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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