Buy original landscape art from artists in the UK. Landscapes are scenes from nature, including fields, trees, mountains and rivers. The landscape may be the entire focus of the artwork or otherwise should be dominant. Landscape scenes are sometimes created from the artist's imagination, or portray a fictional setting. For instance, scenes from books and mythological stories. Alternatively, landscapes are copied from a true scene in nature, with varying degrees of accuracy depending on the painting style. You might imagine that landscapes have been a popular subject for artists since ancient times. In fact, as a subject matter in its own right, there are very few examples before the 15th century. Eastern cultures are the exception here. Ancient Chinese artists commonly depicted mountains on silk paintings in ink. In the west however, landscapes were typically depicted merely as a background to portraits. In the 15th century, natural scenes became a larger focus in paintings and became increasingly detailed. The landscape was still often a backdrop to figures, usually in a biblical context. Landscape art was finally recognised as a genre in the 19th century, with the arrival of the Romantic Movement. In Britain, the most notable artists of this time were John Constable and J.M.W Turner.
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