One must suppose that most landscape painters like the color green. Or at least they don't hate it.
Today I'm posting 'green' paintings, some by familiar names and some by people you've probably never encountered before. The purpose is two-fold. First, as always, to introduce you to painters whose work you may want to know. Secondly, I want you to get in the habit of looking in unexpected places for technical cues and color and compositional ideas. Often we find an artist who has failed to make history's cut, perhaps born at the wrong moment, who nonetheless has a lot to teach us.
And, of course, we never go amiss in consulting the titans.
The first one today, Walter Clark (1848-1917), is certainly not a household name. I have some issues with this painting, but I so enjoy his choice of composition, an unexpected plunging into the landscape, that I'm happy to forgive him some minor faults.
|9x12.25", Charleston Renaissance Gallery|
Frank Bicknell (1866-1943) was a member of the Lyme art colony. He's not much of a household name either. I include him to show you how a painting can be both blue-green and yellow-green at the same time.
William Langson Lathrop (1859-1938) is a favorite artist of mine. He's a fellow who is now getting more recognition. This painting, not a typical Lathrop, was painted when he was thirty years-old. It's rather odd, but it has a lot to say about green.
|Hawthorne Fine Art Gallery|
One of George Inness's great paintings, Summer, Montclair, has recently been given by Frank and Katharine Martucci to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. And it's certainly green.
Below: Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), Avenue of Chestnut Trees near La-Celle-Saint-Cloud, 1867.
And here's Monet's The Bas-Breau Road, Fontainebleau.
And Fontainebleau, the Bas-Breau Road by Corot:
The green time will soon be upon us, here in New England. Already there's a haze of cinnabar green in the trees.
So take a moment to think about the myriad greens at your disposal, remembering that the green of April is not the green of July.