The Great American Landscape in 19th and 20th Century Art with Alette Fleischer

The Great American Landscape in 19th and 20th Century Art with Alette Fleischer


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From the nineteenth century to the present, stylistic developments in the painting and photography of the American landscape coincided with the rise of national identity. In turn, this new identity gave shape to new art forms. Join art historian Alette Fleisher to explore this relationship and the artworks it produced.

The dawn of a new country heralded a new theme in painting: the incredible American landscape. The artist’s eye shifted from Europe to North America, capturing its vast, seemingly uninhabited landscapes. Simultaneously, artists depicted the rapid changes in the cultivation and urbanization of the new land. Twentieth-century artists had a new attitude towards the rendering of North America’s vastness while capturing the spirit of the land. This led the way to new abstract artforms.

We will discover landscapes, artists, attitudes, and styles that could only have been conceived in America. From photographers like Ansel Adams, who captured Yosemite National Park, to painters like Agnes Martin, rendering New Mexico’s deserts, and the English-American painter David Hockney who returned to England but brought his American experience home with him. Landscape paintings tell us so much about our attitude towards the landscape and nature. This conversation will talk about the painterly conquest of North America, as well as the impossibility of actually possessing the land by its inhabitants. It is a delicate equilibrium, as we will discover.

Led by an expert on art history, Alette Fleischer, this interactive seminar will explore the American landscape in painting and photography. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how the land influenced artists and national identity.

This seminar continues the theme of landscape painting started in The Discovery of Landscape Paintings: From Cézanne to Constable with Alette Fleischer and can be booked on its own or as part of the series.

Amsterdam-born Alette Fleischer has a degree in Art History and a Ph.D. in 17th Dutch History, focusing on gardens, science, and technology. She has curated several exhibitions, publishes articles, presents lectures, and a proud Context Expert. For Context Travel, Alette has led the Rijksmuseum tours many times. Motto: staying curious is key to being a good historian.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Wonderful Seminar

Alette's seminar was informative and insightful, filled with beautiful slides. I was introduced to new artists and will now look at landscapes with a better understanding and perspective.

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Wonderful Seminar

Alette's seminar was informative and insightful, filled with beautiful slides. I was introduced to new artists and will now look at landscapes with a better understanding and perspective.