|Koeppel, Kaaterskill Clove, ink heightened with white|
|Koeppel, Hudson Valley, ink|
When I say that the view is Claudian, I'm talking about it being 'setup' both by its natural backdrop and its composed foreground landscaping to resemble the Classical Landscape. Particularly as it was developed by Claude Lorrain. The key features are a dominant foreground tree arching over a 'stage' where the figure story is told, and then one large swoop of space around the other side of the picture to a very deep space (usually mountains and water). This compositional structure has been very popular through all subsequent ages of landscape painting because of its poetic and philosophical significance as a metaphor. The metaphor is the transition that the mind goes through in the discovery of Beauty from being focused on the human detail and worldly action of the foreground (all of which is fleeting) to the elusive unifying atmosphere of the deep space which is irridescent and intangible. The goal ultimately is to realize that the two things are in fact the same. This trancendental principle was later adapted by the Hudson River School to reflect American scenery as discussed a little here.
|Erik Koeppel, "View from Boscobel", 10x16 inches, oil on panel|
|Lauren Sansaricq, "View from Boscobel", 10 x 16 inches., oil on panel|
|Erik's Sketchbook page of Boscobel view|
|Erik's 30x24 painting, Day 1|
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