Research Point – Landscape

Constable, Turner, Monet and Paul Nash.

The problem with looking at Constable, Turner, Monet and Nash (and other artists popularly known for landscape) is that they are known for their paintings. I want to approach this research point from the view of drawing to reflect this into my own work. I viewed Paul Nash’s drawings from early in his career at the exhibition at the Tate and Van Goghs drawing at the British Museum recently and found them so inspirational for the composition arrangement and marks used.

I started my research with this article for an overview in Landscape history;

Which sent me in the direction of Gilliane Carneige and John Piper. I had an in-depth look at John Piper who like Paul Nash was a world war 2 artist. The Tate website advised that John Piper (1903-1972) was an English painter and printmaker however looking at this piece of work it could easily have been created using drawing techniques and media.

John Piper, ‘[title not known]’ 1972

Fig 1 John Piper Unknown 1972

I love the mood the colours set, the areas left unfinished and only hinted at by line indicating perspective. Then a comparative mark making and flow of expression. The painting also hints at the texture of a worn down church and subtle colour creates atmosphere.

Bridge and Goats circa 1806 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Fig 2 Joseph Mallord William Turner 1806 Bridge and Goats Pencil and Ink, Pencil and Water Colour.

Vincent Van Gogh

Fig 3 Vincent van Gogh 1888 Landscape near Montmajour with Train. Drawing, Pen and brown ink, over black chalk and graphite

The drawings above by Piper, Turner, Van Gogh (viewed the original at the British Museum) and thinking back to the drawings I viewed by Paul Nash (Exhibition 26th Feb) it makes me question how I can use these approaches and different marks, wash, tone to create a final image and represent the different parts of the landscape within my own work. Also comparatively to Vija Celmins, tonal realistic drawings and drawing on found objects.

Fig 1 John Piper 1972 Unknown (accessed 1/5/17).

Fig 2 William Turner 1806 Bridge and Goats (accessed 1/5/17).

Fig 3 Vincent van Gogh 1888 Landscape near Montmajour with Train. (accessed 1/5/17).



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