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by Allison Malafronte
Just when I think I’m aware of every great artist past and present whose work might resonate with me, someone will mention a name I’ve never heard of, I’ll Google that artist, and lo and behold I will have someone else to add to my ever-increasing list of painters I want to learn from.
I thought it would be interesting to open up the question to you and ask you to list the top landscape artists, both past and present, whose work has profoundly influenced or inspired you on your artistic journey. This way, perhaps we can help one another discover artists we may not have been aware of but whose talent and accomplishments merit our attention.
Just to get the ball rolling, I’ll start. Some of my favorite past landscape painters include Frederic Edwin Church, George Inness, Constable, Turner, Whistler, Ralph Love, Robert Wood, and Fannie Duvall. A few of my favorite contemporary landscape painters are Ovanes Berberian, Anatoly Dverin, Joseph McGurl, Christopher Blossom, and Brent Cotton. Your turn!
|Venice, From the Porch of Madonna Della Salute|
by J.M.W. Turner, 835, oil, 36 x 38. Collection The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York.
|Confirmation Class, San Juan Capistrano|
by Fannie Duvall, 1897, oil, 20 x 30. Collection Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California.
by Brent Cotton, 2008, oil, 30 x 40. Collection the artist.