Happy birthday, America
…was one of the typical motifs in American identity – the landscape became a national, religious symbol. The luminists around 1850, with painters like Frederick Church and Albert Bierstadt, gave the landscape an extra dimension with meditative images of transparent, luminous color.
Albert Bierstadt: Among The Sierra Nevada Mountains California, 1868
Hudson River School
Martin Johnson Heade, Cattleya Orchid and Three Brazilian Hummingbirds, 1871, National Gallery of Art
The Transparent Landscape
O’Keeffe sometimes used the same elements of transparency and pure color in her flowers, but also in her landscapes.
O’Keeffe: Red Hills, Lake George, 1926
There is no limitation of Europe in her – it’s a force, a liberating free force.
The blog is to be continued on August 22…
Have a great summer.