Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop

Landscapes Through Time With David Dunlop explores the secrets of the master artists through a combination of discussion and demonstration in the locations that inspired their most iconic works.

Inspired by host David Dunlop’s infectious enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge, Landscapes Through Time explores the lives and work of artists ranging from Monet to the Hudson River Painters. Dunlop first presents the personal, creative, and historic context in which the artists’ worked before examining the evolution of their artistic lives. He then places his easel at the exact locations where the artists set theirs and demonstrates the individualized style and techniques of each painter while discussing artistic, technical, optical and perceptual insights.

Dunlop is a nationally acclaimed painter, art historian and teacher who has lectured throughout the country, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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David Dunlop

David Dunlop

Artist and teacher David Dunlop is the engaging host and writer of the television series Landscapes Through Time. He is a modern-day master whose landscape paintings draw from both Renaissance techniques and contemporary science.

Van Gogh's at Saint Remy De Provence

Episode #101 · David takes us through the tumultuous, penultimate year of van Gogh's life - 1889, spent in the asylum of St. Paul de Mausole at St. Remy. David demonstrates the personally expressive palette and brushwork of van Gogh while describing van Gogh's uniquely spiritual and impassioned intentions for painting. David demonstrates van Gogh's drawing techniques as a preparation for his paintings, reveals his connections to Dutch landscape painting and Impressionist color, and shows how he employs these ideas with expressive, moving gestures in the landscape of van Gogh.

Monet's Waterlilies

Episode #102 · David visits the enchanting village of Giverny, 45 miles northwest of Paris, which was the last home there until the end of his life in 1926. David describes the evolution of Impressionism from its experimental beginnings in the Gleyre studio in Paris in 1862 with Monet and his friends Sisley, Renoir, Bazille, Pissarro - to its later stage (and beyond) of explosive color, loose brushwork, complementary color vivid sunshine and sensual delight. David discusses and demonstrates Monet's later methods as a mid-career Impressionist at Giverny and his evolution into expressionism with his carefully developed and cultivated waterlily garden as his inspiration.

Cezanne at Mont Sainte Victoire

Episode #103 · Travel with David to the locations of Paul Cezanne's (1839-1906) natural inspiration near Aixen Provence & Mont Saint Victoire. David considers Cezanne's ambitious struggle with the contradiction: how to present stability and form with change and movement. David demonstrates Cezanne's strategies; from sketch to watercolor to oil, and discusses Cezanne's insights into acts of visual perception. He discusses Cezanne's difficulties, frustrations, and his ultimate success - as the father of Modernism.

Renoir's Olive Groves in the South of France

Episode #104 · At Pierre Auguste Renoir's (1841-1919) home and studio in Les Colettes in the South of France, David takes us through the ancient olive grove overlooking Nice and the Mediterranean. David Traces Renoir's difficult but ultimately successful quest for putting clean and strong color into soft and suggestive shapes. David sets his easel precisely where Renoir set his and demonstrates Renoir's methods, describing their effects and explaining his thoughts.

American Impressionists In Giverny, France

Episode #105 · David follows in the footsteps of the American artists who formed an art colony in Giverny in the 1880-1920s, drawn by the creative magnetic influence of Claude Monet. In the last quarter of the 19th century, artists from Paris escaped the uncomfortable heat of the Parisian summers by train to the surrounding villages along the Seine to form art colonies. The American artists formed a well-integrated colony in Giverny and explored an American style of Impressionism that was then exported to the United States at the turn of the century. David will explore the similarities and differences between French Impressionism and American Impressionism as he paints on the hillside above Giverny, popular with Theodore Robinson and Willard Metcalf.

Jmw Turner at the Harbor of Honfleur

Episode #106 · David visits the dramatic Northern French Coast of Normandy at the harbor of Honfleur with its distinctive skyline - a favorite location of Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). Acknowledged as one of history's greatest landscape watercolorist, Turner deftly transfers his innovative watercolor techniques to his oil painting. David explores this remarkable series of innovations while considering Turner's techniques and composition, borrowed from the atmospheric perspective and freely interpreted landscapes of 17th century French landscape master Claude Lorrain.

Etretat - A Landscape of Inspiration along the Normandy Coast of France

Episode #107 · David introduces the majestic white cliffs rising out of the sea at Etretat on the Normandy Coast and their role in the inventive periods of French painting from the romanticism of Delacroix, the realism of Courbet to the Impressionism of the late 1860's through the 1880's. They all respond to Etretat's iconic arches over the sea. He compares the styles and visions of Etretat's artists and reveals the keys to their paintings.

American Impressionists In Old Lyme, Ct

Episode #108 · Old Lyme, CT was a popular artist colony at the turn of the century with many painters who had also painted in Paris and Giverny, learning the new trends from the French avant-garde. David takes us to the Florence Griswold Museum garden and demonstrates how American Impressionists create the sensual experience of interwoven color, texture, and movement from a palette of complementary colors painted outside or en plein air, a term made popular during this time.

The Transcendent Landscapes of George Inness, Montclair, NJ

Episode #109 · In this program David Dunlop firsts visits the George Inness room at the Montclair Art Museum and explores the evolution of Inness's paintings and his philosophy. George Inness (1825-1894) was inspired by the classical landscape painters, especially the classic 17th century French artist Claude Lorrain, considered the father of landscape painting. David then sets up his easel on the hillside in Montclair, NJ and demonstrates the techniques of Inness, his quest for a union of spirituality and paint, his reliance on ambiguity, his sources of inspiration and his enduring influence in the world of art.

The Luminous Landscapes of John Frederick Kensett, Contentment Island, CT

Episode #110 · The Luminists were considered to be a subgroup of the Hudson River Painters. While these younger painters shared the same traditions of the Hudson River Painters, artists such as John Kensett (1816-1872) were more interested in the subtle effects of daylight, especially at dawn and dusk, than in the graphic representation of a specific place or landscape. This program will outline the evolution of Kensett from a Hudson River Artist-Explorer to an American Luminist. We will visit Contentment Island in Connecticut, where he lived and painted after the end of the Civil War and sought to reveal the serene quality of light and weather. Through Kensett, Dunlop will explore the techniques for evoking a suffused unified light, the American appetite for tranquility in art after the Civil War, and the eternal legacy of the Luminists.

The Hudson River Painters at Kaaterskill Falls, Ny

Episode #111 · David visits the top of the 300-foot Kaaterskill Falls in the Catskill Mountains, painted by many Hudson River artists. These artists, considered the first American school of painting, portrayed the awesome immensity and sublime effects of nature. These artists painted from a various motivations but always with a scrupulous observation of nature, in the words of Thomas Cole (1800 - 1848), considered the father of the Hudson River painters. David paints the magnificent wilderness painted by discussing Thomas Cole and Sanford Gifford (1823-1880).

American Impressionists at Lieutenant River, Ct

Episode #112 · David examines the distinctly American style of Impressionism that retained more of a basis of drawing and sketching and more of a reliance on classical forms - all inherited from the Hudson River Painters. He considers the new technologies in paint, new scientific ideas of perception, and their methods for realizing a sensual, personal vision on canvas as he paints a River scene reminiscent of the painting by Childe Hassam called Summer Afternoon.

Frederic Church's Olana In Hudson River Valley, Ny

Episode #113 · David visits Olana, Frederic Church's Persian-inspired home in the Hudson River Valley, painting the expansive vista of the Hudson River Valley. The Hudson River Painters, considered the first American school of painting, were profoundly influenced by European traditions, especially the Ideal Italian landscapes of Claude Lorrain. They were popular from 1825 to 1875 and gave Americans their pictorial sense of national identity.

J.M.W. Turner's Visions of Veni

Episode #201 · J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) traveled to Venice three times and his experimentation in Venice served as a sensual catalyst for his future work. David discusses Turner's watercolor techniques in front of the iconic baroque cathedral Santa Maria della Salute, overlooking the Grand Canal. He then paints an oil sketch overlooking the Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, the same scenes immortalized in many of Turner's transcendent paintings from Venice.

Francesco Guardi's Venice

Episode #202 · David travels to many magical locations in Venice that were painted by the great 18th century Venetian landscape painter, Francesco Guardi (1712-1783). David creates a pen and ink drawing and wash of the beautiful baroque church, Santa Maria della Salute, discussing Francesco Guardi's use and understanding of perspective. He then travels to Guardi's home district of the Cannaregio and paints an oil demonstration of the same canal scene painted by Guardi and the famous painter, Canaletto, exploring Guardi's spirited brushstrokes and expressive skies.

John Singer Sargent's Venice

Episode #203 · John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) travels to Venice many times over a 40-year period and paints dazzling plein air watercolor landscapes, turning away from portraiture. David paints a watercolor demonstration at the famous Piazza dei Giovanni e Paolo, the same scene painted by Sargent and centuries of painters, exploring his color theory and painting technique.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Venetian Etchings

Episode #204 · David travels to beautiful Venetian locations that inspired provocative, iconoclastic artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) during his transformative trip in 1879-1880. Whistler's fame from the etchings that he created in the backstreets of Venice helped rehabilitate his artistic reputation after a disastrous libel trial with noted art critic John Ruskin. David demonstrates a dry point on a copper plate alongside a canal, the Rio de San Barnaba, located near Whistler's first studio at the Ca' Rezzonico, demonstrating Whistler's brilliance in graphic design.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler's Venice

Episode #205 · David travels to two iconic Venetian locations that inspired provocative artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) during his transformative trip in 1879-1880. Whistler's pastels, along with his etchings, brought him increased fame when he returned to London. David demonstrates a pastel drawing using Whistler's techniques and color palette while standing on the Giudecca overlooking the broad panorama of Venice. He then visits the famous Piazza San Marco and completes a quick oil sketch in the twilight, fading rapidly into night.

Winslow Homer's Seas at Prouts Neck, Maine

Episode #206 · David travels on the rocky shores of Prouts Neck, Maine, where the famously enigmatic Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived for the last 27 years of his life and painted some of his most recognizable, theatrical, and iconic seascapes. Battling the wind, David paints an evocative watercolor at the location of the famed Cannon Rock, and an oil sketch of the rocks and turbulent sea in front of Homer's studio.

The Tide Pools at Winslow Homer Prouts Neck, Maine

Episode #207 · David visits another location on the rocky shores of Prouts Neck, Maine, where the famously enigmatic Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived for the final 27 years of his life and painted some of his most recognizable, theatrical, and iconic seascapes. David explores the calm tide pools swirling around the rocky shores and discusses Homer's techniques and palette as he paints an oil painting of the shores of Maine from the rocks.

The Woodland Streams of the Hudson River Painters

Episode #208 · David travels to a secluded woodland stream in New England, following in the footsteps of Hudson River painters such as Thomas Cole (1801-1848) and Asher Durand (1796-1886). David paints an oil study of the intimate stream in a setting of dense and dappled foliage, demonstrating techniques of painting water and woods used by the Hudson River painters to convey emotion as well as inspiration.