Themes in Art


Tonalism is a style of painting that evolved in the 1880s depicting landscapes awash in mist or steeped in atmospheric fog. It’s a moody, brooding vibe similar to the French Barbizon style, developed by James McNeill Whistler and George Inness and gaining a surprising amount of popularity in North America through the 1910s, before being exclipsed by the newly imported Impressionism.

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A rider in the desert, Augustus Osborne Lamplough

A rider in the desert Augustus Osborne Lamplough, 1900

A Silver Morning, George Inness

A Silver Morning George Inness, 1884

Abraham's Oak, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Abraham's Oak Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1905

An Arab on a camel surveying the desert at dusk, Augustus Osborne Lamplough

An Arab on a camel surveying the desert at dusk Augustus Osborne Lamplough, 1900

Angels Appearing before the Shepherds, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Angels Appearing before the Shepherds Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1910

Arabs in the desert at dusk; and A felucca on the Nile, Augustus Osborne Lamplough

Arabs in the desert at dusk; and A felucca on the Nile Augustus Osborne Lamplough, 1911

Autumn Landscape, Hishida Shunsō

Autumn Landscape Hishida Shunsō, 1899

Between Scylla and Charybdis, Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl

Between Scylla and Charybdis Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, 1910

Black Place II, Georgia O'Keeffe

Black Place II Georgia O'Keeffe, 1945

Cairo at dusk, Egypt, Augustus Osborne Lamplough

Cairo at dusk, Egypt Augustus Osborne Lamplough, 1900

Calm, Mária Medvecká

Calm Mária Medvecká, 1970

Chaumières, Near the Pond, Théodore Rousseau

Chaumières, Near the Pond Théodore Rousseau, 1850

Elijah the Prophet, Nicholas Roerich

Elijah the Prophet Nicholas Roerich, 1931

Entrance to the Casbah, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Entrance to the Casbah Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1912

Figures in the Woods, Matthijs Maris

Figures in the Woods Matthijs Maris, 1880

Fisherman's Devotions, Étaples, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Fisherman's Devotions, Étaples Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1916

Flood Waters, Claude Monet

Flood Waters Claude Monet, 1896

Fog, Voisins, Alfred Sisley

Fog, Voisins Alfred Sisley, 1874

Foothills of Burchmulla, Ural Tansykbayev

Foothills of Burchmulla Ural Tansykbayev, 1972

Gateway, Tangier, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Gateway, Tangier Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1912

Grey and Silver: Chelsea Wharf, James McNeill Whistler

Grey and Silver: Chelsea Wharf James McNeill Whistler, 1864 – 1868

Harvest Moon, George Inness

Harvest Moon George Inness, 1891

Home in Montclair, George Inness

Home in Montclair George Inness, 1892

In the Forest, BC, Emily Carr

In the Forest, BC Emily Carr, 1935

Jungle, Armando Morales

Jungle Armando Morales, 1986

Landscape Sketch, Théodore Rousseau

Landscape Sketch Théodore Rousseau, 1865

Landscape, Sunset, George Inness

Landscape, Sunset George Inness, 1887 – 1889

Morning, George Inness

Morning George Inness, 1878

Moses in the Bullrushes, Henry Ossawa Tanner

Moses in the Bullrushes Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1921

Nocturne, James McNeill Whistler

Nocturne James McNeill Whistler, 1870 – 1877

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket, James McNeill Whistler

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket James McNeill Whistler, 1875

Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Old Battersea Bridge, James McNeill Whistler

Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Old Battersea Bridge James McNeill Whistler, 1872 – 1875

Nocturne: The Thames at Battersea, James McNeill Whistler

Nocturne: The Thames at Battersea James McNeill Whistler, 1878

Rainforest, Armando Morales

Rainforest Armando Morales, 1989

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