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Classic Landscape Paintings

Landscape is a nature scenery, the word comes from French paysage. Landscape, as a kind of painting, presents nature, i.e. mainly scenes of forests or hills, or city views. Depending on how it is presented, it can be divided into a topographic landscape, i.e. painted from nature, showing a realistic, specific place or a fantastic landscape, i.e. painted with imagination and being its product. We can also distinguish the following types of landscape painting: city landscape – veduta, sea landscape – marina, or a landscape in which there is a human figure or an animal – staffage. History of the classical landscape is very long and has its origins in ancient art. From antiquity to the end of the 16th century, it was the background in paintings with mythological, historical, and religious themes. In the Renaissance, however, a great deal of interest in nature itself began. Therefore, from the mid-sixteenth century, works depicting only the landscape began to be created. In a short time, artists began to paint only still life which in turn led to creating a separate painting genre. Its roots trace back to the 17th century and are mainly associated with countries such as the Netherlands, France and Italy, slightly less with England, Germany or Poland, where the genre was developed only in the middle of the 19th century. Check out our still life oil paintings. Our collection includes rural scenes such as the ‘Rural Landscape with a Mill’, winter landscapes – ‘Winter Landscape Road to the Village’ and river scenes, such as the ‘Old Tower by the River’.

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