Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thomas Doughty, Ruins in Landscape, 1828

Thomas Doughty, born July 19, 1793, was an artist of the Hudson River school. He was a landscapist and contributed to the interest of the Americans in landscape. He was known for his quiet and atmospheric landscape paintings of rivers and mountains in New York, Pennsylvania, New England, and the Hudson River Valley.
The painting shows many greens around the center. The trees closest to you are very detailed and can see how rough their bark is, how soft the leaves are, and the roughness of the dirt on the lower right-hand side. The water is shown to reflect. The people are getting off the boat on the right side.
The painting itself first caught my attention with nature around the bottom half of the picture and the sky around the top half. As you go deeper into the middle, you travel across the river to the center of it and see the ruins of a man-made building. to the left of it is more trees and to the right of are more trees that are far off into the distance also surrounding the ruins with the sky above everything.The rhythm leads me to the center. The top and bottom halves balance out for me to look at the river and scan the house's left and right side.

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