Wednesday, November 25, 2015

David Johnson Paintings Geocoded

View of the Hudson from Barrytown NY

Painted by David Johnson (1827-1908). The featureless sky was a device Johnson used frequently to keep the viewer's focus on the good Earth below. The foliage, as much as dramatic terrain, was an inspiration; there's not much to Barrytown today, other than beautiful sloping hillsides. But this image is a fine example of how the taking the artist's perspective can create an extraordinary view out of a seemingly ordinary place.

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