What is landscape art?

Is landscape simply what land the eye can see? Does it need to be free of man-made structures? Does it need to be “panoramic”? Looking from my window across the roof tops to the mist lying between the trees and hills beyond, is this landscape? Would this be considered landscape?

Pine Trees by  Hasegawa Tohaku 1539-1640 ( Public Domain)

Pine Trees by Hasegawa Tohaku 1539-1640 ( Public Domain)

Of course there are no rules about any of this but it interests me to know what we would label as landscape and how vast it would be. For example would a painting of a tree be landscape but not a sketch of a couple of leaves on a patch of grass?

Looking at some landscape artists, I enjoy the work of Fred Cuming , particularly his colour palette.  Several of his paintings feature the moon and dawn and moonrise seem to be  times of day which he finds inspiring.

Black and white landscapes by Peter Doig  offer a sort of compacted landscape which gives a sense of the crowdedness of the natural world and the man-made side by side.

Nerine Tassie ‘s landscapes and seascapes are moody and evocative with a surprising stillness. Even the seascapes appear to be in slow motion. Having watched her work on the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2015, I notice that for me the process is as interesting as the finished work. I very much enjoy seeing how the artist approaches the subject matter and what choices they make.

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