Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Patrick Nasmyth Paintings Geocoded

Patrick Nasmyth (1787–1831) paintings might be better termed "treescsapes" than landscapes.  Even his paintings which have a landmark, and/or have a title that indicates the location of the view (a very large number are simply titled "Landscape"), the primary visual interest is in the foliage.   Minutely detailed trees frame the view and generally obscure the horizon.  Their backdrop are often dramatically lit clouds which are similar to the trees in their irregular shape and curvature, but are a bland shadow compared to the complex wonder that are the living things: stately yet dynamic; seemingly solid yet growing.

A view of the Douglas Bridge near Inverary, Argyllshire
By Patrick Nasmyth

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