With just a simple painting, you can enjoy the flavours of a far-off land or rediscover the urban and rural landscape around you. Or, even better, venture through the landscapes of a strange abyss. Whether an experienced traveller or a dreamy adventurer, KAZoART has something to take you on a journey! Let your spirit wander through our collection of stunning landscape paintings, including large landscape wall art, all produced by our artists.
Landscape painting refers to the depiction of nature (forests, mountains, rivers, valleys, plains, fields, seas, etc.) and, more widely, any space surrounding humankind (architecture, cities, etc.). Landscapes take on a thousand faces and features depending on the age in which they are expressed. In their landscape paintings, painters can choose to depict the landscape as it is, acting as a naturalist, or to see the landscape simply as a décor framing a scene from life.
Landscape paintings can also have their own meanings related to artistic movements. With the Expressionists, for example, they could be a metaphor for the painter’s discontent (eg. Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh), or become a world apart with the Romantics, where the atmosphere created reflects a thought and sentiment desired by the painter (eg. The Abbey in the Oakwood, Caspar David Friedrich).
Landscapes were really addressed in the Middle Ages, when the concept of organizing space and perspective gradually appeared, framing religious scenes and scenes of everyday life (eg. Les Travaux des Champs au Mois de Mars, Les Très Riches Heures, Duc de Berry). Atmospheric perspective is one of the brilliant plastic inventions of this era which, thanks to colour shading, tricks the eye into creating a notion of distance in the landscape painting.
In the Renaissance, with Brunelleschi and Vasari, landscape painting became an art form in which proportions and perspective were designed mathematically, with the introduction of the vanishing point in compositions. In the 17th century, despite not being held in high regard by the French Academy, landscapes were nonetheless present in the works of Nicolas Poussin and Rubens. These were the so-called classical landscapes which, idealized on canvas, harmoniously reproduced and alternated solids and voids.
In the 19th century, the Romantics created indoor landscapes, placing the focus on the era's taste for the Orient and a genre finally recognized with the Realists. The Impressionists played on the effects of varying light in the landscape around them in order to glorify it. Finally, the 20th century was marked by the redefinition of landscape painting, notably with the Arte Povera and Land Art movements.