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A landscape painting shows a particular area of land as its subject. It may be an actual representation or one that is partly or fully the product of the painter's imagination. A landscape painting can depict a mood or emotion, tell a story, visually record a place at a specific point in time, much like a photograph, or reflect the artist's thoughts and beliefs. An artist can decide to paint a pristine landscape or one that shows evidence of how people have shaped the land for their purposes.  

A pristine landscape shows land that is undisturbed by any human activity. Thousands and thousands of years ago, most of the earth was uninhabited and therefore unspoiled by man. All living creatures existed by natural laws of selection and evolution. Over time, due to ever-increasing human populations and their advancements, this pristine quality diminished. A pristine landscape includes all the natural elements of the land, such as mountains, grass, or rivers. The sky and an indication of the weather and season are usually present, and sometimes animals are included. James Hart’s painting The Adirondacks is an example.  

How does this painting make you feel?  

To experience a pristine landscape directly can be a pleasant experience for all five senses. The smell of woodland ferns. The sound of crickets and birds. The sight of magnificent mountains and animals at play. The taste of wild berries and the feel of crisp air on your face. Some also feel a deep sense of awe and connection that is emotionally or spiritually satisfying; a painting of a pristine landscape reminds us of these feelings.