Paintings of Buildings, Towns and Cities

The Art of the Built Environment

 

  • These pages celebrate famous paintings of buildings, towns and cities.
  • The artworks we have selected have been created by artists to communicate their feelings and ideas about the world we have constructed for ourselves.
  • Artists paint their environment in a variety of different styles.
  • Some paint in a naturalistic manner to reflect the visual beauty of the subject.
  • Some edit elements of the scene to create an idealised version of the subject.
  • Some edit elements of the scene for the compositional harmony of the picture.
  • Some exaggerate or distort elements of the scene for expressive effect.
  • Some paint scenes of total fantasy which are the constructs of their own imagination.

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'Early Sunday Morning' (1930) by Edward Hopper.

'Early Sunday Morning' (1930) by Edward Hopper.