The Art of Claude Lorrain

Despite my indecisiveness about whether or not to continue with a written counterpart for my Ruins Project, I have decided to write a brief post looking at some of the artwork created by the Master artist, Claude Lorrain.

Claude is without any doubt, one of the greatest painters of the landscape that has ever lived; although in 17th century Italy landscape painting was not a subject deemed classical enough to be classed as a true work of art and with that in mind, Claude painted figures and narratives into his beautiful scenery; usually mythical or religious figures that would feed the hunger both of patrons and the public. However, it is clearly evident from his sketchbooks and the quality of the scenery in his finished works that his focus was mainly centred around the landscape.

One good way to describe Claude Lorrain is as the painter of the idealised landscape providing the setting for classical subject narratives. The creator of mythical and religious scenes that the viewer can engage with as though present in the story, a Baroque equivalent of the cinema.

I have handpicked my favourite artworks by Claude Lorrain that are relevant to the theme of Ruins and in no particular order, here they are:

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A Year in Review – 2015 – J Glover Fine Art

With the end of the year approaching, I figured it’s time to wrap up the activity of my blog over the course of the year; condensing the highlights into one post and providing the links to the relevant posts that I’ve published.

At the beginning of 2015 and through until June time, I was still on my Art course at college, so my posting was irregular and I didn’t really put much thought into blogging. Since completing my course though I’ve stepped up a gear and started to post more regularly, redesigned the look of my blog and produced the artwork that I’ve wanted to.

With that in mind, I’ll start this review with the final piece of artwork that I produced for my college course, which now sits comfortably in my portfolio –

When Coffee Comes to Europe, 1615

Josh Glover - Coffee Comes to Europe, 1615

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton – Compare and Contrast

For this essay about modern and contemporary art, I have chosen the Victorian era and two classical-subject painters from this era to compare and contrast; divulging how they were influenced and inspired by the happenings and world around them. Before comparing a piece of work of each artist, I intend to look into how their lives and contextual issues affected them as both men and artists, shaping the way they became and moulding them into artists who chose to depict classical subjects as opposed to following along with the other movements of the time; movements such as Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; Fauvism and Expressionism, which came into being later on in the artists’ careers and would have been an easy bandwagon to jump onto.

The two artists that I have chosen for my subjects are Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912); and Sir Frederic Leighton (1830-1896); and their works chosen for this writing are Alma-Tadema’s The Triumph of Titus: AD 71 (1885) and Leighton’s Daedalus and Icarus (1869).

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Study of a Man in Profile After Leonardo da Vinci

Study of a Man in Profile After Leonardo da Vinci - Charcoal on Paper
Study of a Man in Profile After Leonardo da Vinci – Charcoal on Paper

I spent about 15-20 minutes on this sketch and I’m reasonably happy with the result and what I learned in the process. I love the way Leonardo captured his subjects and sketching one of the Maestro’s drawings is like learning from him in person in some respects.

JGlover

My Artist Statement

Foreword

It’s taken me a little while to get around to writing this, partly due to searching out the direction that I intend to go in; also the fact that I’ve spent the last two years in the education system, there has been little opportunity to create the types of work that I personally wanted to create. Throughout college I have worked with the themes and projects I’ve been given and turned them into work that is personal to me, it’s more so the fact that there wasn’t the time to spend on one particular piece of work. The closest I came to creating a narrative artwork in college was my final major project “Coffee Comes to Europe, 1615”.

Anyway, now that I’ve had the time to gather my thoughts and reflect upon the road that I wish to take in this artistic journey, I have finally written my statement and any future works will be true to it; because at this point if you were to look through my portfolio and saw the work that I’ve got in there it could be thought that my work isn’t true to my statement. This small factor will be amended over time with the more work that I produce now that I’m free to work on a personal level.

The Statement

I find myself driven by a split-personality consisting of a deep thinking, self-analytical perfectionist and an inventive artisan motivated to utilize my creativity ceaselessly. My over-active mind doesn’t allow me to cease thinking and planning creative ventures; at any time I’m not physically producing artworks, I’m mentally creating them.

Through the work I produce I explore the concept of the artist as a storyteller, making narrative artworks and breathing a fresh lease of life into some of the oldest and most ancient legends, myths and folklore of the British Isles, resurrecting onto canvas the tales that have been passed down from generation to generation. In harmony with that, my interest in world history provides me with a wealth of inspirational sources to work with.

In addition to narrative artworks, I also intend to create landscapes in a wide variety of locations; more often than not with my landscapes, I tend to search for a hidden story within my scene, evoking myth and legend into what could otherwise be depicted simply as a scenic view.

My preferred style of painting is traditional or classical, a style that I am currently working towards and learning more about with every stroke of the paintbrush and mark of the pencil; using either oil or watercolour as my preferred media. In light of that, I have no intentions of merely duplicating the styles of old masters; I wish to build upon a knowledge of traditional methods in order to excel my own technique as an artist, working towards a new age of classicism.

The achievement I hope for is that I can make works of art that communicate with the audience, evoking emotions and inspiration, bringing them so close into a narrative that they are as much a part of it as the characters depicted in the unfolding scene. I want my work to leave a lasting impression upon all who partake in this communion of visual storytelling to the point that the audience will describe their experience to others, thus passing the tales on as has been the custom since the dawn of mankind.

Afterword

Well that’s it, relatively short as is the usual custom as far as I’m aware but to the point and descriptive of my objectives and goals as an artist. The next step now is to create more artworks harmonious to my statement and get them published as soon as possible. I’m currently working on a five part project based on ‘The Lord of the Rings’ which will culminate in a narrative painting that I can be truly happy with.

Jglover

Current Direction – Tristan and Yseult Art Project on Hold

In light of a few technicalities I’ve been having with getting started on my Tristan and Yseult painting, I’m going to put that on the back burner for a short while; though I have written an outline of the legend as I want it to be and will flesh that out and edit it to post real soon. For the painting itself, I will get round to it once the arisen problems with it have been solved.

In the meantime and due to the inspiration I received whilst writing my last post, I’m going to create some ‘Middle Earth’ themed artworks, it’s something I’m a huge fan of and also by regularly creating artworks it’s good practice and training for me.

This will mainly consist of loads of sketches and drawings, finally culminating in an oil painting showing one of Tolkien’s masterful narrative scenes; there’s also the possibility of one or two watercolour landscapes as well, I’m currently more comfortable with watercolours than I am with oils as I’m totally new to them therefore the one oil painting that I do produce may take some time to accomplish.

My next post will be on Wednesday 15th July and will contain some sketches that I’ve been doing for this project.

JGlover

Tristan and Yseult – A Legend of Celtic Origin – Art Project

So I had to come up with an idea for my next artwork project and with my goal of interpreting and bringing back to life British history, myths, legends and folklore, I have decided to work with a popular medieval romance tale that stems from Celtic legend; the story of ²Tristan and Yseult.

 There are numerous versions of this tale, but all of them contain prominent features and I will most probably play on the different aspects of each telling that appeal to me the most. As a base idea to work from I might even write up a short version of the story combining the various aspects and suiting to my own interpretation, thus making me able to create more works from this further down the line, that’s not presently set in stone though I’ll have to think about that¹.

With that in mind I won’t go into the nitty gritty details of the legend just yet although I have linked to the Britannica version of the tale.

As promised before, I will use the series of posts and updates on this project to show my preliminary studies, sketches and ideas, as well as a bit of prose or poetry that I intend to write for the particular scene that I will show in my finished painting. I have chosen the scene that I want to capture and have begun sketches, mainly to work out composition and background scenery, I’m also implementing a fair few symbolic features as well so I’ll have to hit the books and see what I come up with; some symbols I am certain of and relate to the story itself and therefore will definitely be added.

I’ll leave that there for now and my next post will contain my preparatory work that I’ve create up until that point, which will most probably be next Wednesday, when my posting schedule is due, this post is more of a taster for what’s to come and to give awareness of the project I am currently pursuing now that I’ve set my heart upon it.

¹More of a note to self than a definitive idea

²Link to the Britannica version of the legend Tristan and Yseult 

JG