The, Landscape, The Seat Of Mr. Featherstonhaugh

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In the early nineteenth century, many in this country were searching for an art they could call their own. Painter, poet, and essayist, Thomas Cole responded to this quest by creating pristine landscape paintings unlike any yet seen in America. For the purpose of this project, I chose an art piece by Cole called, “Landscape, the Seat of Mr. Featherstonhaugh in the Distance” created in 1826. The reason I chose this specific painting was because of its diverse context, which allowed me to identify various concepts related to visual perception. The first concept I identify was figure-ground segregation. Figure-ground segregation refers to the perceptual separation of an object from its background (CITE). That is, the figure being the object that attracts attention and is more memorable than the ground. In the landscape artwork we can see how the cows specially the two closer to us seem to be caught more of our attention than almost anything else in the painting(e.g. the grass). In this painting the cows are the figure that stands out from its ground, which would be the grass. Similarly, we can apply this concept to the big tree on the left side of the cows in the front. The big tree can also be considered to be the figure as it stands out from the grass as well. Further, the trees further down in the painting that seem to form kind of an island can also fall into this category given that the group of tress are standing in the middle of the ground which in this case is the

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