“Alfred Wainwright January 1907 – 20 January 1991) was a British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator. His seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells¹, published between 1955 and 1966 and consisting entirely of reproductions of his manuscript, has become the standard reference work to 214 of the fells of the English Lake District.”
There’s something I really love about Wainwright’s drawings – they’re not “high art” – but meticulously observed illustrations, a vision of the place he loved.
One doesn’t have to choose of course, or make value judgements about different kinds of art. I love the work of Rothko, Paul Klee, Egon Schiele, Norman Catherine, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Andrew Wyeth. There are little known artists on Pinterest whose work resonates deeply. There are so many, many ways. Different ways of seeing, different ways to appreciate art.
1. A fell (from Old Norse fell, fjall, “mountain”) is a high and barren landscape feature, such as a mountain range or moor-covered hills. The term is most often employed in Fennoscandia, the Isle of Man, parts of Northern England, and Scotland. (Wikipedia)