6. Childe Hassam “Duck Island from Appledore”
At the end of the 19th century, Impressionism as an art trend became the mainstream not only in Europe and, in particular, in France, but also in the USA, where the most devoted and successful representative of this art movement was Childe Hassam. By the way, he studied in France and evidently became penetrated by the spirit of the French art. He mainly painted landscapes of New York which was his beloved city, where he even bought a colonial style house, but also stunningly bright seascapes became an important part of his artistic heritage. Looking at his colourful painting “Duck Island from Appledore” it is impossible to keep dull and in a bad mood, the uplifting image is associated with the summer, perfect sunny weather, free time and happiness.
Trend Gallery artist Helen Lamb being an optimistic person radiating positive emotions to fill the whole surrounding of hers got caught by the debonair atmosphere of the seascape by Hassam, by the contrast of the warm and cold hues and pure white foam of the gentle waves near the very shore. Her delight resulted in a buoyant mood of her abstract paintings which are actually not exactly seascapes but which combine a bright picturesque view and feeling of joy thus make us feel love for life.
LAZY COLORS by Helen Lamb
SMOOTH by Helen Lamb
7. Claude Monet “Impression, Sunrise”
When considering Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Expressionism as unquenchable sources of inspiration for our artists, it is a must to mention the painting that gave rise to the whole tremendous layer of the world art in the course of the human civilization. This outstanding painting, “Impression, Sunrise”, was created on the basis of a morning view in Le Havre port, and we can see this recognizable contrast of orange and blue typical of many Impressionist seascapes. At the same time, it was not made in the impasto style chosen by the impressionists - its atmospheric character and absence of detailed analysis rather resemble the works by the British artist Joseph Turner.
In Paris, in 1874, a one-month exhibition was held where 30 artists expelled from the Paris Salon, presented their artworks. Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and others decide to arrange this exhibition by themselves to prove that art had a right to exist beyond certain strict frames imposed by conservative academicians. Monet's Impression, Sunrise attracted attention of the majority of the visitors who expressed their general opinion that the image in the painting was because being of being too abstract.
M. Louis Leroy, a popular French art critic of that time, wrote his now famous review, in which he first introduced the term "impressionist" referring to the 30 artists. The term was evidently based on the title of Claude Monet’s painting “Impression, Sunrise”. In spite of Leroy using this word in a negative meaning, the artists adopted it and started to be called Impressionists.
* Kladov and Helen Lamb made an attempt to embody their impressions of the beauty of the nature around them on canvas, too, but in an abstract style being adored by them so much. In their paintings, we can see that recognizable contrast of bright warm and cold colors, the grandiose power of emotions and the eternal triumph of art in any form of its expression.
BEAUTIFUL OCEAN by Kladov
VERTIGO by Kladov
8. Albert Bierstadt “The Wave”
Albert Bierstadt is a famous American artist who was born in Germany but immigrated to the USA at the age of two together with his family. He mainly painted the wild nature of awesome American land. However, he also paid attention to the sea and rendered the whole inimitable beauty and might of this elemental force. His artistic technique is not similar to the impressionist style due to a more detailed depiction of the landscape or seascape, making the image more realistic; but reality turns into enigmatic abstraction in the art workshops of Trend Gallery.
Vitaliy Ladovskiiy, who often does experiments in his artistic career, was unexpectedly inspired by “The Wave” of Bierstadt to produce an ideal abstract painting on the basis of the main colors used for that work of art. It should be emphasized that creation of an abstract painting requires more imagination and work of the artistic mind than the one needed for realistic painting. Abstractions enchant us with their intriguing character and leave a wealth of space for our own reflections on them.
Helen Lamb experimented on her painting, too. She added a bit of pink warmth, the indigo color onto the canvas and the word “indigo” to the title of the painting, with the basic colors of the original painting preserved.
Due to the different style of the paintings the techniques of their performance are different, too. They are slightly less textured and the brushstrokes are less distinct.
UNKNOWN FORCE by Vitaliy Ladovskiiy
THE TENDERNESS OF NATURE by Nicolas
INDIGO WAVE by Helen Lamb
9. Hokusai “The Great Wave off Kanagava”
The presentation on the genre of seascapes would be incomplete without telling about one of the most remarkable works of the Japanese art. “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”, often called just “The Great Wave”, is a marvelous example of Japanese seascapes.
This woodprint picture appeals to us by its energy and power of the natural disaster; it looks awesome and makes us think of how weak humans are when facing this irresistible force. It also shows the sacred symbol of eternity and might for every Japanese person – the Mount Fuji – in the distance. The wave is so huge that it seems to devour not only tiny figures of the men in the boats but the whole land.
The most distinguishing feature of the painting is the dark blue pigment used by Hokusai Katsushika in this work. It was a brand new material in the 18th century in Japan and was imported on the trade route from England through China.
Potapova, who is a talented and successful artist of Trend Gallery, too, managed to convey the great power of the ocean waves during the storm, and being inspired by Hokusai’s artwork created an abstract seascape, which, at the same time, has that clearly and distinctly painted claw-like white foam and its drops. She used the same white and blue colors and hues since they are the most suitable for the mood of the restless ocean.
PUZZLE OF THE SEAS by Potapova
10. Jean Desire Gustave Courbet “Eternity”.
The theme of eternity is continued by the landscape painted by the French representative of the Realist movement in art, Jean Desire Gustave Courbet, whose period of work was in the middle of the 19th century. Though he depicted scenes of real life, his unique independent style differed from the traditional art techniques of that time and became a source of inspiration for the impressionists and even the cubists of the 20th century. Most of his paintings were landscapes, nudes, scenes of hunting and political issues. Why is this painting titled Eternity? We do not know for sure, but can only guess the author’s idea. The eternity could be symbolized by the divine blue color of the sky covering the larger part of the canvas and opposing the sandy and brown hues of the coast, which may symbolize our fragile and transient life on the earth.
The diversiform of Kladov’s talent allowed him to experiment successfully with realistic landscapes adding an element of abstraction the view of the nature. The artist shifted the main blue accent from the sky to the sea, making it the centre of viewers’ attention and the line that divides the “transient” earth and the “eternal” sky.
AHEAD OF THE STORM by Kladov
The promised surprising point of the presented collection of Trend Gallery paintings is the artwork having the word “ocean” in its title but being an abstraction in the colors that have nothing to do with seascape ones. It was added to this review because it served as an incentive for our prominent artist Zorsah to create his GEOMETRIC MYSTERY which has been one of Trend Gallery’s top paintings for years and enjoyed a great popularity among customers.
***** This is a masterpiece of a contemporary American artist Richard Diebenkorn, whose first works were made in the style of abstract expressionism and figurative painting.
Diebenkorn expressed his attitude to art, which is shared by the majority of modern artists: “All paintings start out of a mood, out of a relationship with things or people, out of a complete visual impression.”
GEOMETRIC MYSTERY by Zorsah