THE GREAT OUTDOORS

In an art historical context, the representation of landscapes and still lifes in painting can allow the viewer to renew their experience of nature. The lush impasto landscapes of Van Gogh come to mind as a prime example. In another, the still lifes of Cézanne, the representation of an apple that can suddenly be seen for what it is, whole and without the artificial encumbrance of commodification. As in the past, painting today can reshape the perception of our malleable experience of nature. It has the ability to offer a challenge to arbitrary social norms that rely on a strict separation between culture and nature.