Art Around the World

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Staff writer L. Toman discusses three landscapes artists in the recurring feature, Art Around the World.

L. Toman, Staff Writer

 Welcome to the newest edition of Art Around the World! This week’s theme is landscape artists, an artform depicting nature and the world around us. Landscapes can show mountains, rivers, trees, etc. 

One of the most famous of these paintings is called The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh, one of the world’s most renowned artists, used many styles and techniques in his art. As stated on Van Gogh’s website, Van Gogh was a very mentally unstable man(he cut off part of his earlobe) who was not successful until well after his death. In his lifetime, he only sold one painting and lived in poverty all his life. He died in 1890 by a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is now known as one of the most influential artists, changing the face of modern art.

Another one of the most influential landscape artists was Claude Monet. He rejected the standards and traditional practices of older landscape artists and shaped the way for so many more. He observed nature, light, seasons, and the colors in the world around him to draw inspiration and create his masterpieces. He had become well known in his town for his charcoal caricatures and went to the Le Havre secondary school of the arts. The most famous piece was the oil painting called Impression, Sunrise. Monet died of lung cancer in 1926 and is buried in Giverny church cemetery in France.

One of the lesser-known, but still influential, landscape artists was named John Constable. He is famous for his landscapes, the majority of which were of the Suffolk countryside where he was born and raised. While his paintings were not very well received in England leaving him poor, he had better luck in France. His paintings were highly original due to the realism and vitality in his pieces. Similarly to Van Gogh, Constable was never recognized in his time and only became popular after his death. John Constable died of heart failure in March of 1837 and is buried in Hampstead, London. 

These artists shaped the way that people view and create art today. Art can be used to bring people together, channel your emotions and change the world. This concludes this edition of Art Around the World! Keep artsy, Gators!