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PUBLICATION AUTHOR: Making Nature - Masters of European landscape art

Author: Jane Messenger


Making Nature: Masters of European Landscape Art explores the way in which European artists since the Renaissance have represented the landscape according to three different ideologies: the ideal, the romantic and the realistic. Through superb oil paintings, sculptures, watercolours, prints, drawings and photographs from the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia, visitors to this exhibition experience the emotive powers, serenity and poetry of nature.


Awaken your senses and imagination to the possibility, promise and thrill of nature and explore the works of the masters of the European landscape tradition through its greatest exponents: Titian, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, Claude-Joseph Vernet, Joseph Wright of Derby, J.M.W. Turner, James McNeill Whistler, Eugène Boudin, Vanessa Bell, Lucien Pissarro, Nikolaus Lang and Andy Goldsworthy.


Author of the book, Jane Messenger, said:

This survey of European landscape art offers an opportunity to see how artists have imagined nature through the ages, which has in turn influenced the way we see the world around us. As the twentieth-century German artist Paul Klee stated ‘art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes visible’.

The way the landscape is represented by the artist is dependant on his historical, political and cultural position, realising the strong association between the making of art and the time during which it was made.


At a time when environmental issues are being highlighted around the world, there is perhaps no better time to review how man has imagined or evaluated his relationship with nature and art through the ages.

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