Andres Canovas led this meeting of the Unit.
This IEU focuses on the representation of the human figure in relation to landscape, on how they affect one another, and on how they alter the final artwork.
‘Landscape with Figures’ is a pictorial subgenre that has been practiced from ancient times with two main purposes: to put the characters into context, or to emphasize the scale of the landscape.
It has been used to communicate religious, political and philosophical ideas, to commemorate historical events, to perpetuate images of our everyday life and to transmit the artist´s individual views and emotional state.
Since the Impressionists and throughout the XX century art revolution, artists have been stretching the limits of ‘Landscape with Figures’ towards abstraction and to other more conceptual forms of art.
For today´s Male IEU, and thanks to Mark Allen´s generosity and kindness, we have moved to a different location where we will be working open air, on an eighth floor terrace with fantastic 180º views over London.
The session will have three long poses of 30 to 40 minutes each. The aim is to investigate the relationship between the figure and its surrounding, when these surroundings can overwhelm the presence of the figure.
This session is actually a continuation of our Male IEU on 21 June: “Object, Trope and Symbol”. It is convenient to remember what we experimented in relation to ‘Visual Tropes’, Symbol and Symbolism. Artists are encouraged not to draw exclusively what they see.