Egypt’s landscape is a natural wonder. In this article we will take a look at a collection of beautiful images of Egyptian landscape painting produced over the decades.
The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean sea to the Red Sea. This painting shows a long bright blue lake amongst a green valley. The sky is warm with an orange, pale purple horizon!
This painting reminds one of Egypt's humid atmosphere. Pinks and oranges can be seen on a large central temple across a river. The color scheme consists of mainly pale purples and pinks with contrasts to beige sands and glimpses of greenery and palm trees.
Augustus Osborne was an English Orientalist painter and illustrator, known for his unique scenes of North Africa. The river in the image glistens with purples, pinks and yellow/cream reflections from the pyramids above. Osborne has cleverly introduced intricate details of people along the river banks, suggestions of windows on buildings and small orange palm trees.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was one of the most significant artists of the Flemish and Dutch Renaissance. Bruegel was a pioneer for making landscapes the focal subject in his large paintings. This image of a flight into Egypt appears to be fantastical! A large light blue lake winds into the background suggesting that the exotic scene extends!
This image is powerful in reinforcing the heat of the Sun in Egypt. Bright orange/yellow extending from the left side of the painting, beams down on to the calm rippling waters below. This extraordinary painting with excellent color was produced by English painter Thomas Seddon. Seddon was known for his highly detailed, colorful scenes of Egypt, Jerusalem and Brittany.
Henry Ossawa Tanner was the first African American artist to gain global recognition. Tanner’s painting below beholds many shades of blues and greens. The texture is thick and evident due to loose brush strokes. The image is extremely atmospheric and depicts a scene based on The Flight into Egypt. The Flight into Egypt is a story recounted in the Gospel of Matthew and tells the tale of an angel telling Joseph to flee Egypt with Mary and Baby Jesus as King Herold had plans to seek baby Jesus and kill him.
English landscape painter Edward William Cooke painted this naturalistic landscape of the Pylons at Karnak, with the Theban Mountains situated in the distance, to the right of the image. The sky trails across a peaceful landscape. The river appears green in the foreground, whether this is discoloration over time or Cooke's intention, the green creates a murky warm feel to the river.
This painting is perhaps one of the brightest we have seen so far! Bright, lime green grass and a cream path give the appearance of bright light shining down. Villagers walk on the path, one placed on a thin camel. The scene is serene and exotic as we see palm trees and numerous rocky hills. John Rogers Herbert was an English painter, he painted the scene in a realistic manner.
This painting evokes energy and movement, a dog jumps in front of a group of men sitting on walking camels. Jean Leon Gerome was a French painter and is widely known for his academically refined paintings. Shadows of palm trees are depicted against the warm brown stone/sand.
This ink and watercolor image is loosely constructed but still includes important details. The Bricks and outlines of the figures are produced finely. Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator who produced colorful drawings during his journeys.
Elijah Walton was a British landscapist, this bright image below is almost photo realistic! Bright yellows and oranges highlight the entire midsection of the scene. Barren Land contrasts with the highly colorful blue, orange and yellow sky above. Hills are characterized by shining purples. A faint shadow of a camel can be seen in the center of the image.
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