When you step into an art gallery full of paintings and photographs of new and remarkable scenes you may feel you have been transported to someplace far away. Consider for example, this photograph of La Digue Island, one of the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean.
Thousands of years of rain have weathered the giant granite boulders covering the island into puzzling shapes. The islands are so remote that there are many species of plants including some unusual palm trees that are found nowhere else in the world. The islands are thought to have been uninhabited throughout most of recorded history.
Or consider this view of an unusual place in in Madagascar. The scene looks ancient.
Like a slice of earth from 100 million years ago that has remained unchanged only at this remote location.
These are giant Baobab trees, and this variety, the Adansonia grandidieri, is found only on the island of Madagascar. The massive trunks grow to over 9 feet in diameter.
Photographers roam the globe looking for interesting scenes. Painters can create something with skillful color selections that may pique your interest more than a photograph.
Milford Sound, the painting to the left, was painted by Eugene von Guerard in 1877. Milford Sound is a Fiord on the west coast of middle island in New Zealand. This is a remarkable painting, done in the days before color photography, of an amazing landscape hidden away in one of the far corners of the world. The painting quickly received critical acclaim and was displayed at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878.
In contrast to early evening atmosphere of of “Milford Sound”, the artist Veikko Suikkanen chose to use very bright colors in his painting “May Afternoon.”
Much of the new art that is popular now is painted in very bright colors. In fact the way that Viekko has used colors in this painting creates one of the most memorable landscape paintings that I have stumbled upon. You definitely feel that you are outdoors in bright sunlight. I found this painting on Fineartamerica.com. Veikko Suikkanen is not well known and Fineartamerica has over a million works of art. I think their website is not well organized and it’s difficult to find what you are looking for. You could possibly browse their site for most of the day and not stumble onto a painting like this. So my plan is to post remarkable art like this here on ArtGallery29.com.
Eugene von Guerard also painted “Lake Wakatipu” in a very realistic style. The figures in the canoe are probably native Maori tribesman. So this is like a snapshot from long ago and far away.
Montague Dawson was a painter well known for his accurate paintings of ships. The painting below is titled “The Thermopylae leaving Foochow.” The Thermopylae was a clipper ship built in the 1800’s for the tea trade with china. Foochow is a city in China several hundred miles south of Shanghai. Clipper ships were built for speed. The Thermopylae was one of the fastest. It set a speed record from England to Melbourne, Australia of 63 days, which apparently is still the fastest time on record for a sailing ship.
Gustave Caillebotte painted “Paris Street, Rainy Day” in an impressionist style, although it has quite a bit of realism in it compared to many impressionist paintings. This is a very well known painting and is considered a masterpiece. In this painting he has curved the perspective down in the front of the painting to draw the viewer into the painting.
This was also painted in 1877. It is owned by the Art Institute of Chicago. They have quite an art collection, in fact it is estimated they own about $43 billion worth of art. Most of that is in storage and not on view for the public. I am not sure how much of that has been photographed and made available for viewing on their website.
The painting to the left is Market Day at Hojbro Plads Copenhagen, by Paul Gustav Fischer. I believe it was painted in 1890, so it is a market scene from the days of the clipper ships, or maybe a little while after. The Clipper ship Thermopylae was sailed till 1897 but I think steamers took over most of the tea trade before then. Some of the tea brought back by Clippers or steam ships was probably sold in markets like these. Quite a different look from the Walmart shopping scenes of today.
If you would like a print of any of the paintings I have highlighted here they can be found on Art.com. Some day I will put direct links on the paintings.