Landscape painting has been one of the earliest forms of man’s artistic expressions. The Greeks and Romans produced large wall paintings in their buildings, depicting an idyllic world, a visionary Arcadia, that provided a timeless ambience to the surroundings. Over the centuries, evolving in different styles and moods, landscape painting, in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds, had attained significant acceptability in the hierarchy of painting. Later in the nineteenth century, it became a popular genre, gaining preeminence, since the need to re-connect with nature became important in the wake of industrialization. The interest in landscape art as a separate entity was transported to art schools in the Sub continent during the colonial period, and the passion thus ignited for this art form is still visible in the flourishing school of landscape painting in the Punjab.
The present show comprises of a medley of exhibits. From very seasoned landscape painters such as Ghulam Mustafa, Raja Najam ul Hasan, Nazir Ahmad,Zulfi, Abdul Hayee and Mughees Riaz, to artists who are recent entrants to this field, it presents a variety of viewpoints of looking at nature. It again draws our attention to the significance of our surroundings and how we relate to them and most importantly our dependence on them as a means of inspiring and satiating our aesthetic and spiritual needs.
(Dr.Rahat Naveed Masud)