Lately I have been loving the work of a few master artists, long gone from us. Asher and Durand and John William Casilear were American artists of the Hudson River School era. Their landscapes are a wonder. I was lucky enough to see a John Casilear in person recently at the Denver Museum of Art. Wow. I will be studying both artist’s work in the coming months and sharing what I learn as I go.
Another favorite is Russian painter Alexey Vasilievich Hanzen, a law school graduate turned painter. He was mostly known for his marine and coastal paintings. I love the softness and atmosphere of his paintings, as well as his color palette. I am looking forward to doing some master studies of his work as well.
Russian artist, Alexei Savrasov continues to be a favorite. I have studied a couple of his works before, and continue to find pieces that I absolutely love.
Finally, what about Russian master painter, Isaac Levitan? He is known as the founder of the “mood” landscape. His work is captivating. I am looking forward to learning by studying his color palette and composition.
What a wonderful era in which we live with such easy access to painting super heroes like these! Here’s to learning from those that have gone before.
Soli Deo Gloria