Claude Lorrain – 17th Century

23/04/14

Research Point

Look at and research different artists’ depictions of landscape. For example look at: Durer’s landscapes are some of the earliest recordings of the northern Renaissance world created. Claude Lorrain’s designed landscapes using classical proportions, the British artist Lowry’s images of industrial life. Make notes in your learning log.

The Cascades of Tivoli by Claude Lorrain

The Cascades of Tivoli by Claude Lorrain – black chalk on paper

The Cascades of Tivoli by Claude Lorrain. This is a more classical landscape – distant skies and clouds over the far hills, midground being more defined and a focal point of figures in the foreground. The foreground itself has strong contrasts of light and dark where the sun hits the ground and throws its shadows.There is a sense that this was drawn from life with the figures possibly added later.

landscape with brigands - claude lorrain

Landscape with Brigands 1633 by Claude Lorrain

Landscape with Brigands, etching laid on paper. Compositionally, the eye is drawn around this image from the dark and dominant figures across to the middle rock formations and trees, then back across to the distant hills.   It’s easy to look at and to keep looking at, it works tonally and has depth of space that the eye understands – the more you look the more you see.

Landscape at Dusk by Claude Lorrain

Landscape at Dusk by Claude Lorrain

Landscape at Dusk. A traditionally styled landscape. I particularly like the sky with its sun setting convincingly in the distance. There is a hazy mist drawing in, reflecting the last of the sun light – although there is a lot going on in the foreground I feel it is still playing a supporting role.

 

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