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That is a new addition to our collection! This contemporary work by Jules de Balincourt builds on the 19th century Hudson River School tradition of portraying dramatic landscapes.
Unlike his predecessors, Balincourt doesn't draw on specific details of actual sites, but rather favors a generic touristic landscape.
I love his style of painting. The flat, painterly, almost intentionally naive technique was part of a general revival that occurred in the early 21st century.
Hello tell me more about this painting.
The artist has painted this generic tourist landscape with a steep waterfall and a river lined with palm trees! You'll notice tiny people in boats and along the shore in a relaxed atmosphere. His bright colors and sharp shapes make this piece stand out.
Is this from the artist's imagination?
It is! It's an invented scene. The artist, de Balincourt, was inspired by the Hudson River School, a loosely organized 19th century group of painters that depicted the American landscape. However, he veers away from the Hudson River School model by painting a non specific landscape, rather than specific locations with clear references. He has said of his work, "It's funny, no matter how much I try to experiment or or into other directions, these little populations, or communities of people congregating always seem to reappear. After so many years of painting, I've given up the fight of the desire to change this about by work and am interested in these spaces and places that teeter between utopian Eden and the post-apocalyptic."
What can you tell me about this lovely work?
Jules de Balincourt is a Brooklyn based artist and many of his works are drawn out of the fabric of American culture. Here, he is building on the work of the Hudson River School. They helped put American art on the map in the 19th century and inspired patriotism by painting dramatic landscapes of the new nation. Interestingly, de Balincourt portrays an unknown location rather than a specific place as was typical of their work.