When Durer worked in watercolour his main focus was usually nature and so a large portion of his works in this medium consists of landscapes. He was also one of the artists who led Germany into the renaissance. He studied the findings of other great artists, giving his artwork great composition and proportions.
Lorrain was heavily influenced by the roman countryside and was fascinated by the ancient ruins. He was drawn in by how the natural light of the sun played on the landscape and so always incorporated natural lighting into his paintings. He’d always carry a sketch book with him and would sketch scenes which he would then take back to his studio and use to make his elaborate and detailed landscape paintings.
Unlike most artists around his time, he would add people into his works to add to the beauty and composition of the landscape instead of having the landscape add to the emphasis of the people. He would also be particular as to who he added into his paintings to make sure they add to the meaning of the work.
In the artwork below the focus is on the tree, which holds reference to the story of Apollo and Diana. There is a child on the bridge to the left which is looking at the tree and the figures to the right are pointing toward the tree and appear to be in in discussion with regards to the trees meaning. Lorrain also added a temple of Apollo, inspired by ruins he had sketched previously, adding to the significance of the tree and the landscape around it.
L. S. Lowry
Although Lowry’s style is rather simplistic,his work captures much detail and emotion of urban 20th century life.
In the piece below Lowry depicts a generalized version of and urban environment and is not a depiction of any one area. The weather i not very detailed and seams to imply that the clouds are simply made up of smoke coming from all the factories. He works mostly in primary colours but mutes them and manages to make them feel cool. Depth is created by buildings becoming duller and less solid as they get further away, this also adds to the effect of the smoke from the factories.