In respect to the landscapes of Hudson River School painter Asher Durand, I've always noticed how sensuously his tree trunks appear alongside one another. I almost feel as if I'm intruding upon an provacative scene, or should perhaps ask them to get a room somewhere. Just look at these two specimens here in his famous Beeches, located at the MET. It's not just his positioning of the trunks, either, but also his idyllic lighting and smooth rendering of bark and foliage. They might as well be his Apollo and Daphne.
The Beeches is perhaps one of Durand's most famous paintings and functions as a great introduction to his work. He was an advocate of drawing directly from nature and stated "The true province of landscape art is the representation of the work of God in the visible creation..." Wow. Just imagine the artist's statements this boy would've churned out.
Personally, I find his representation of nature a bit too picturesque at times, but his paintings always provide an interesting study of plants, rocks and waterways within a given setting. He obviously wished to convey the natural world as a unified whole, and I can respect that. And I love his attention to detail and eye for observation. Who would think something as unassuming as two trees found in the forest could signify such an intimate experience.
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