Friday, 6 January 2017

Edexcel GCSE Art Exam 2017 Beginning And Or End

John Martin 1789 - 1854

John Martin was an English Landscape Painter and a deeply religious man. He painted a triptych of paintings depicting the end of the world titled  The Last Judgement.

The Plains of Heaven

The last Judgement

The Great Day Of His Wrath

These paintings are huge approx 2 x 3 m and dominate the viewer. We are left feeling small compared to the size and power of the landscape and the forces being displayed.

John Martin was a Romantic Painter and like Turner and Constable and the American Hudson River School (Hudson River School Link)  created paintings where Man was small and Nature, Creationn and by suggestion God was mighty and powerful

John Martin The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, 1852

Another Biblically inspired painting by John Martin that shows the power of landscape and creation compared to puny mankind