Mountain art – Landscape, abstract, Nature morte, pop..and more!

Mountain art? I gave up on the world of visual art years ago (and started getting back to..nature) but some photos from recent days have had me fantasizing..

Sierra sun shower

Sierra sun shower

Landscape is the obvious genre for mountain imagery..or sometimes more particularly snowscape..

Skribbles on snow

Skribbles on snow

But just as Van Gogh or Monet found, landscape tends easily towards abstraction..

Der Eiger

Der Eiger

Or am i suffering from confusion with subliminal figuration? Perhaps you have more of a taste for some Romantic figure painting..?

Mountain shade on snow

Mountain shade on snow

..with maybe a touch of Giacometti? Or for those with more classic tastes, what about a little still life..or as the Latins would have it naturaleza muerta..but literally?

Nature Morte

Nature Morte

Here you will permit me a naturalistic digression: i had always assumed that vultures, those great birds charged with keeping the mountains free of rotting cadavers, would have left nothing after them but bone (some vultures, famously the quebrantahuesos or bearded vulture, not even that) and so i was quite surprised to find a few meters away, as the snow melted over the last week, the skin of the beast.

Tough cowhide, almost complete..too much of a mouthful for vultures.

Tough cowhide, almost complete..too much of a mouthful for vultures.

Hey, but where’s the art in that? (you may ask..). Hmm, well..look at it like this:

Rawhide I

Rawhide I

..whaddya think? Not impressed? Let’s see if we can do any better..

Rawhide II

Rawhide II

..or more sombre:

Rawhide III

Rawhide III

If abstrakshun just ain’t your thing, we have still other genres..what about minimalist land art for example..

Sinuous snow

Sinuous snow

..or, what might be considered the other extreme, a little mountain pop..!

Skinning on skis in Scarpas

Skinning on skis in Scarpas

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Éireannach is ea mé, i mo chonaí insan Spáinn. Rugadh mé i lár na tuaithe, ar feadh blianta bhí mé ag teitheadh uaithi, i bhfad as an tuath, ach sa deireadh d'fhill mé, ar ais go dtí an tuath.. An Irishman am I, settled in Spain. Born was I in the middle of the country, for years I ran from it, far from the country, but in the end I returned, back to the country..
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