UGallery Style Guide To “Scapes”

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Nancy Hughes Miller’s Sea Clouds, Gulf of Thailand, 2015

Last week’s post talked about the -isms. Sticking with the theme of suffixes, let’s take a look at another ending that has been accessorizing the words of the art world: -scape.

It all started with landscape. From there, the classic genre has grown new spin-off crops. There are now seascapes, cloudscapes, cityscapes, inscapes, and more. There are so many types of scapes you can hardly… escape.

Here’s the scape scene:

Landscape

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Janet Dyer’s Dordogne Fields, 2011

The landscape is the most widely used scape. A landscape painting depicts natural elements of a vista. You will typically see a background of sky, a mid-ground that includes a horizon line, and a foreground of grass.

Skyscape

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Sheila Finch’s Pillar Point Sky, 2015

Skyscapes, also known as cloudscapes, tilt the landscape’s pictorial plane slightly upward. The focus here is the sky. The artist captures the atmosphere and weather of the natural space. The sky is literally the limit.

Moonscape

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Mark Yaggie’s Moonrise Over Fishing Village, 2011

The moonscape is closely related to the skyscape, except it includes the moon. In some cases, like in this photograph by Mark Yaggie, you’ll see a moonglade which is the reflection of the moon on the water.

Seascape

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Denise Choppin’s The View Across, 2015

A seascape is the visual representation of the sea or beach. The seascape can range from tumultuous waves to a calm, glassy expanse.

Cityscape

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Stanislav Sidorov’s City Lights Reflection, 2015

A modern twist on the genre, a cityscape depicts an urban setting. A cityscape trades natural elements like mountains and grass for their concrete counterparts, buildings and sidewalks.

Inscape

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Allen Wittert’s Man Thinking of Two Cities, 2015

This type of painting is an interior landscape. In an inscape, the artist represents the mind of him- or herself or a figure as a three-dimensional space, typically with a surrealist or abstract edge.

In case you are interested in how the rest of the scapes stack up check out this chart…or should we say, graphscape.

Written by Margaretta Ryan