Dal River, Kashmir
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Dal River, Kashmir about 1896
  • Scottish Art
Throughout his travels Fred Bremner was struck by the expansive landscapes of the Indian subcontinent. Here he has managed to capture the vastness of the landscape while retaining a stillness and tranquillity. This composition appears to have been influenced by Western aesthetics incorporating aspects of the Picturesque. Travelling to Kashmir in 1896, Bremner was following in the footsteps of poets, artists and early photographers. Like countless others before him he compared the scenery to that of Switzerland, writing: "Switzerland is without the charm of oriental life, the quaint manners and customs of the people...which all add to the attractions of a trip to the Valley of Kashmir".

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Aesthetic

Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy concerned with beauty and taste and their perception in art and nature. The phrase ‘artist's aesthetic’ is used to describe the style of an artist's work overall.

Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Picturesque

A term applied to certain landscape images and garden or architectural designs. The idea became prominent in the 18th century to describe irregular or rough scenes that were deemed worthy to be painted. This includes subjects such as ruined castles or ramshackle cottages.

Aesthetic, Composition, Picturesque

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 129.25
  • Medium Platinum print made by Pradip Malde from collodion glass negative
  • Size 24.90 x 30.10 cm (image size 24.50 x 29.20 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1987