Paintings of Cities
City painting, or cityscape, is form of visual art where artist depicts urban landscapes of cities and towns. The first cityscape is thought to be fresco in the Baths of Trojan in Rome which show ancient city with a bird's-eye view. In the following centuries cityscape painting was used only as a background for portraits and religious painting. And only in the 17th century it became an independent form of art thank to View of Delft by Vermeer.
Cityscape: the beauty of urban landscape
Cityscape painters see beauty in the most common things: streets on we which we walk everyday, small shops on the corners, everyday life scenes. Such pictures are usually full of love to the city depicted on a painting and can be performed in all existing art styles.
Megalopolises of USA, especially New York, are maybe the most popular objects of cityscape paintings. Artists depict skyscrapers and try to show an incredibly fast pace of life is such cities. Paris is also a popular place. This city has always been a source of inspiration for artists of all styles and time periods.
Just like any other form of art, cityscape can communicate different ideas — everything depends on artist's point of view. Someone show big cities as a scary, cold and unfriendly places while others see them as an ongoing holiday places with very special unique atmosphere.
World-known examples of cityscape art
Sometimes artists focused on drawing one place in many paintings. For example, Camille Pissarro, famous French Impressionist, is known for his series of five Montmartre paintings that he created in 1897-1898. On this paintings the boulevard is depicted in different times of the day and different seasons, from several point of view.
Other artists tended to depict particular parts of city landscapes — for example, Alfred Sisley was charmed by bridges, and they can be found on most of his works. The city itself can be a source of inspiration. Russian artist Alexander Beggrov was in love with Saint Petersburg, and he is mostly known for canvas depicting this city. Johannes Vermeer depicted 17th century Dutch villages and cities in a way that they looked like a Heaven — tranquil, peaceful and full of light.
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