"For over 90 years, there has been a concerted and relentless effort to disparage, denigrate and obliterate the reputations, names, and brilliance of the academic artistic masters of the late 19th Century. Fueled by a cooperative press, the ruling powers have held the global art establishment in an iron grip. Equally, there was a successful effort to remove from our institutions of higher learning all the methods, techniques and knowledge of how to train skilled artists. Five centuries of critical data was nearly thrown into the trash. It is incredible how close Modernist theory, backed by an enormous network of powerful and influential art dealers, came to acquiring complete control over thousands of museums, university art departments and journalistic art criticism" http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/Philosophy/ArtScam/artscam.php

KLUYVER, Pieter Lodewijk Francisco (1816 - 1900)

                 The Dutch landscape painter, Pieter Lodewijk Francisco Kluyver (1817-1900), was a specialist in panoramic landscapes working in the area around Arnhem, Amersfoort, The Hague and Amsterdam. In terms of style and composition and his search for technical perfection, Kluyver's work is very much a continuation of the 17th century Northern Netherlandish tradition of landscape painting as exemplified, among others, by Jacob Ruysdael and Philips Koninck.
                 The painting shown here is of particular interest given its daring use of colour perspective, Kluyver's use of light and the impressive clouded sky. The artist has enriched the foreground with figures which stylishly lead the viewer's gaze in the direction of the plain stretching out towards the horizon. This painting is a 'pièce de conversation' in the true sense of the word: it illustrates the artistic dialogue between the realists of the 17th century and their 19th century successors with a nicety that is rarely encountered. While the 17th century painters worked from memory, their 19th century admirers extended their painterly language through the fruits of the great 19th century advance of observation.

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