A-level: Nature—Landscape or Seascape 2D works

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Whistler, <em>Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket</em>
Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket

A critic accused Whistler of “flinging paint at the public” when he saw this painting, so Whistler sued him.

J.M.W. Turner, <em>Snow Storm</em>
J.M.W. Turner, Snow Storm

Like a disaster movie, Turner’s painting transforms a natural catastrophe — with death a near-certainty — into entertainment.

Giorgione, <em>The Tempest</em>
Giorgione, The Tempest

In the distance, lightning strikes. What does it mean? Poetic and evocative, this painting invites interpretation.

Sleeping Beauty — but without the Kiss: Burne-Jones and the Briar Rose series
Sleeping Beauty — but without the Kiss: Burne-Jones and the Briar Rose series

A princess falls under a spell and sleeps for a hundred years—but Burne-Jones never shows us the kiss that awakens her.

John Constable, <em>The Hay Wain</em>
John Constable, The Hay Wain

Landscape painting was considered lowly subject, but Constable gives them the six-foot treatment.

Carmelo Fernández, <em>The Strait of Furatena in the Minero River</em>
Carmelo Fernández, The Strait of Furatena in the Minero River

The Colombian Chorographic Commission mapped the country while also documenting the landscape and its people.

Chinese landscape painting
Chinese landscape painting

From mountain-shaped incense burners to paradisiacal Buddhist paintings, landscapes are central to Chinese art.

Liang Kai, <em>Poet Strolling by a Marshy Bank</em>
Liang Kai, Poet Strolling by a Marshy Bank

The subject is conventional, but Liang Kai’s airy composition makes this painting unusual. What’s behind the mist?

Winslow Homer, <em>Northeaster</em>
Winslow Homer, Northeaster

The artist eliminated a key element of this innovative painting five years after he finished it.

Ogata Kōrin, <em>Red and White Plum Blossoms</em>
Ogata Kōrin, Red and White Plum Blossoms

Combining metallic curls with mottled color, Kôrin’s screens capture the pulsing vitality of early spring.

J. M. W. Turner, <em>The Harbor of Dieppe</em>
J. M. W. Turner, The Harbor of Dieppe

Beautifully rendered details of the Dieppe harbor are second only to Turner’s true love—the sublime sun.

John Constable, <em>View on the Stour near Dedham</em>
John Constable, View on the Stour near Dedham

Refusing to idealize, Constable fills his landscapes with the specificity of a fleeting summer day.