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? asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPainting · 10 years ago

artists that study light?

for my art project i have decided to study light and i need names of artists who paint or take photos of light like breaking through darkness e.g. candles, fireworks, moving ligt (shutter speed on cameras) etc

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  • Sport
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    Many artists had light as the core of their works. Here are some highlights of some of those artists:

    Sir Joseph Wright of Darby’s subject matter is really light whether the painting is a landscape or portrait. He shows space through his hermetically defined spaces contained by light, and defines form by the highlights and shadows of chiaroscuro. He remarkable works are the epitome of understanding and using light for esthetic purposes.

    Also check out LUMINISM. luminism is an American landscape painting style of the 1850s – 1870s, characterized by effects of light in landscapes, through using aerial perspective..

    Also look at the Tonalists like George Inness who which emphasized atmosphere and shadow. Tonalist used softer diffused, less dramatic light toexpress a sense of unity over diversity, tranquility over activity and spiritual over physical.

    And of course the Impressionists whose major interest and guiding light (forgive the pun) was their driving interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. The Impressionists defined themselves as “painters of light”

    “The Impressionist fascination with light and movement was at the core of their art

    All of the Impressionists, particularly Claude Monet, were extremely interested in developing techniques for capturing the effects of light on various landscapes.

    For example look at his series of paintings of Rouen Cathedral under different lighting conditions. The Cathedral becomes a new building under different light:

    Same thing with his Haystacks:

    Source(s): I am a retired College Art Teacher and life-long painter
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  • 10 years ago

    Nobody yet mentioned Vermeer or Edward Hopper. The guy who mentions chiarascuro is on the right track. It is just way bigger than what you would find in any definition. For photographers look at Man Ray and Ansel Adams.

    To really understand you need to look up some stuff about how vision works. A good article is in May 1959, Scientific American. An article by Edwin Land, inventor of the polaroid camera.

    This is a big subject. I hope you enjoy it.

    Source(s): 55 years teaching art.
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  • JL
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Monet is a really good one to look at for this - he has lots of series' of paintings where he is just doing the same image over and over again but at different times of the day so it shows the changing of the light.

    Chiaroscuro is good to look at the differences in light and darkness - people like Caravaggio or Rembrandt do paintings with extreme light from a source like a candle, so that there is extreme darkness right next to it to create a dramatic contrast.

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  • 4 years ago

    Claude Monet is probably the artist most associated with studies of changing light, with his series of paintings of the front of Rouen Cathedral being perhaps the most famous example. Search Claude Monet in wikipedia, save me typing more!

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  • 10 years ago

    The whole movement of impressionism was based on light!

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  • 10 years ago

    caravaggio, rembrandt, sure u will think f more. Sounds like you mean chiaro scuro (think that's how u spell it, long time ago now). Look it up and sure there will be loads

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