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Exploring the Summer Landscape Through Art: Featuring Peter Lundberg of Janus Galleries

By Peter Lundberg

After last year's long winter, it's nice to thaw out for a while. During these warm summer months, I will be content to enjoy winter through the landscapes on my walls, and not with actual snow and ice! I thought I would treat you to some new acquisitions that have a summery feel to them. Since our gallery offers three centuries of fine art, I will share with you a sampling of paintings that not only spans time, but also the globe. Should you wish to explore any of these pieces or categories further, I invite you to visit our website at www.janusgalleries.com. We make it easy to surf our collection of over two thousand works of art by category, country, size, artist or genre. Please send us your feedback and sign up for our email blasts which are educational, fun and a feast for the eyes.

Summer brings many things to mind... a day at the beach, colorful gardens, a favorite lake, the countryside, or if you are a foodie, summer might conjure up delicious produce. All of these things are favorite subjects of artists, and have been for centuries. Many people fill their walls with subjects that evoke good memories or bring comfort and a general feeling of well-being. Having a warm and inviting piece of art in a prominent spot in your home or office might remind you that if you are not a big fan of cold and snow, better weather is not that far away.

One of my favorite living artists, who does a beautiful job in capturing summer on canvas, is Onelio Marrero. Born in Cuba, he came to the US as a small boy. Formally trained, his award-winning work graces many private, corporate and public collections. Currently living and teaching in New Jersey, Marrero loves depicting the Jersey Shore in summer, ranging from small 5x7 studies, to enormous canvases with interesting perspectives, like the one above, where the viewer is in the water!

Not all painters are famous or even prolific, but that doesn't necessarily diminish the quality or integrity of their work. I recently acquired this lovely oil by George Lambillote. A relatively obscure painter, I fell in love with the setting that he portrayed more than 60 years. Wouldn't this lovely patio be a great place to spend an afternoon and evening with friends?

Many people have still-lifes in their collections, and the variety is endless. Some may be very formal and classical in nature, in the style of the 17th century Dutch painters that brought still-life painting to a new level. Others may be impressionistic, photo-realistic, or even whimsical, and literally any object can be incorporated into a painting. This still-life, by early 20th century artist Charles Kellner, is particularly interesting because it adds the dimension of a landscape through an open door, giving you two paintings for the price of one!

Vladimir Umansky is a Russian expressionist painter known for his colorful figurative work, often in summer settings. Nice Doggie is a large oil that has such vibrancy and bold colors, not often associated with our stereotypical view of Russian, or at least Soviet-era art. Though traditionally trained at a famous art academy in St. Petersburg, Umansky has created his own unique style that makes his work easy to identify when you walk in a room.

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An appropriate way to end might be with a fiery sunset. Illinois artist Jan Schmuckal uses the traditions and subjects of the early 20th century Tonalist School, known for its somber colors of low-light landscapes. However, she successfully infuses vivid color, allowing the viewer to have the best of both worlds... a thoughtful and subtle landscape, with enough "pop" to make it timeless and always alluring.

We hope your summer of 2015 is also filled with color, adventure and fun, and look forward to welcoming you back to read more in future issues!

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