Sunday, August 21, 2011

Beauty and Bounty Exhibit

Just got back from a visit to Seattle to see "Beauty and Bounty" an exhibit of 19th and early 20th century landscape paintings at the Seattle Art Museum.  I LOVED it.  A good-sized sampling of Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and their contemporaries.  Some of the paintings are from private collections, and some are lesser-known works , and some are just amazing.  And of course, they're best in person.

It was interesting to go through the exhibit several times.  First, I just appreciated the paintings, enjoying their beauty and expression.  Next, I went through, looking at technique and compositional choices.  Last, I went through more quickly, noticing which paintings grabbed my attention and held it, trying to figure out why.

The exhibit is there through Sept 11.  Highly recommended for landscape painters.

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