Famous landscape paintings, among various genres, always leave you in awe of the stunning beauty that nature has to offer particularly when performed by a very professional and talented artist.
In reality, seeing a painting of the countryside, if it is done expertly, can be a transcendental experience because you get the feeling of beauty the makes you feel at ease and in harmony with the rest of the universe.
Here, we’ll show you a list of 5 famous landscape paintings from various historical times that have captivated the eyes and minds of art lovers over the years and together would cost, maybe billions of dollars to purchase at an auction.
1. THE HUNTERS IN THE SNOW (1565) BY PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
Just as the name suggests, hunters in the snow is a wood-based landscape oil painting that depicts a scene of three hunters coming home from a hunt when it was snowy.
The landscape painting is often called The Hunters’ Escape. It bears a melancholic feeling, as apparently the hunting investment was pointless (the hunters just came back with a fox). Even the dogs look uncomfortable when portrayed in slouching poses. This work is very famous since it is commonly used in numerous contemporary films. This also forms part of a series of five (still existing) landscape landscapes, depicting various seasons of the year.
2. VIEW OF TOLEDO (1596-1600) BY EL GRECO
And in case you’re curious, El Greco means Greek, so it’s a master’s title that greeted us with this utterly fascinating oil on canvas painting.
It’s claimed to be a close-up depiction of the town of Toledo situated in Spain. If you’ve ever looked upon a gloomy night in the sky, perhaps you’d admire this master painter’s technical ability given his propensity to elongate shapes.
He continues to equate the bleak and somber landscape with Toledo’s green foliage and luxuriously hilly hills. This is one of the famous landscape paintings on display at the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art.
3. VIEW ACROSS STREAMS AND MOUNTAINS (1684) BY WANG HUI
Unless you are more familiar with works by Western artists, it is understandable, but here is a masterpiece by one of China’s most outstanding artists.
Although many artists are considered later on in their careers to do their most important works (mature paintings), Wang created this piece when he was just 30 years old.
This pigment on paper drawing depicts in perfect detail several features of the landscape. Extensive mountains can be seen as well as various trees that line the horizon that is located between the mountains of mist growing out of them both.
Wang provides a little artificial influence here, as a few tents can still be seen in the foreground while a few houses are farther ahead.
This is common with the style of the artist, his famous landscape paintings, while representing the mountains and trees appropriately, often combine to create various other odd shapes. The artwork is now displayed in the National Museum of Art, Art.
4. WANDERER ABOVE THE SEA OF FOG (1818) BY CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH
This painting on the wood panel can be viewed as one referring to man’s insignificance in the grand scale of things as seen in the vastness of the landscape when the wanderer is standing alone watching.
There are also other references to this piece of art, including Mountaineer in a Misty Setting and Wanderer in the Sand, just as the first artwork named. It is a symbol of the Romantic era and jibes with the period’s analytical and introspective mood.
This is one of the famous landscape paintings portraying a combination of mist and cloud with mountainous figures peeking out at multiple locations and a young man (the wanderer) standing atop one of them.
Nonetheless, an understanding of dominance and being in command can also be inferred as the wanderer’s status can also be seen as assertive and dominant.
5. One of the most famous landscape paintings in England THE HAY WAIN (1821) BY JOHN CONSTABLE
No single list of famous landscape paintings can be complete without an artwork with a rustic English environment being included.
In his most famous oil and canvas art, this is just what John Constable depicts, depicting three horses pulling a wooden farm wagon along a canal.
The barn and residence have been maintained as a tourist spot, and still survive to date, although the painting itself is displayed in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
In conclusion, acknowledging there are many more famous landscape paintings out there. But here are the top 5 pieces nominated by a large number of experts around the world.
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