• Figures in Landscape

    6 monthes ago - By Gurney Journey

    Does it improve a landscape painting to add small figures? Figures can give a sense of scale; they can let viewers project themselves into the scene; and they can animate an otherwise still scene. Jasper Cropsey (1823-1900), Mount Washington
    Some Hudson River School painters put in stock figures that weren't too attention-getting.There might be a couple of fishermen launching a boat or a shepherd and his flock or a milkmaid ambling across the farm.
    Art historians call them " staffage " figures, "a descriptive term for figures to whom no specific identity or story is attached, included...
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