Why the Landscape?

How has landscape painting in America evolved since the 1700s? What painters changed the elements of landscape painting in America in the early twentieth century?

Landscape painting in America is often perceived as a decorative genre, but is it more relevant than somne think?

People are still drawn to the Hudson Valley School painters and their vision of America as a new Eden but in the beginning of the twentieth century, a handful of painters started to experiment with a more internal way of interpreting the natural world. Work by painters Arthur Dove, and John Marin is still controversial. Excellent painters during the mid twentieth century were often not taken seriously by the New York art world because they chose to focus on the landscape.

Is landscape painting relevant in today’s post-digital world? How are contemporary painters approaching the landscape?


Winthdrop Chandler, detail from over-the-mantel painting. circa 1758