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Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque

Jan Kempenaers (UGent) and Dirk De Meyer (UGent)
(2012)
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  • doctoraat UGent/HoGent/KASK, Onderzoeksfonds HoGent
Abstract
At first glance Jan Kempenaers’ photographs may not reflect the traditional ideas we have about an everyday picturesqueness. To better understand the relationship between his compositions and the aesthetic category of the picturesque, we need to look more closely at some of the original eighteenth-century aspects of the picturesque. When we leave aside this popular genre’s legacy – which has been significant though not highly prized, for at one point the picturesque even became synonymous with conventionally beautiful scenery – we will be able to discover its astounding modernity and topicality. The picturesque conceived as such, I will argue, fits perfectly with our contemporary way of looking at and appreciating natural and urban environments, and is also firmly entrenched in contemporary practices of representation. Viewed from this perspective, Kempenaers’ photographs can be understood as an exploration of the continuing relevance of the picturesque in the contemporary visualization of our environment.
Keywords
landscape photography, urban photography, architectural history, ruin, architecture, picturesque, contemporary art

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Kempenaers, Jan, and Dirk De Meyer. Jan Kempenaers: The Picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications, 2012. Print.
APA
Kempenaers, J., & De Meyer, D. (2012). Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications.
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Kempenaers, Jan, and Dirk De Meyer. 2012. Jan Kempenaers: The Picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications.
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Kempenaers, Jan, and Dirk De Meyer. 2012. Jan Kempenaers: The Picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications.
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Kempenaers J, De Meyer D. Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications; 2012.
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J. Kempenaers and D. De Meyer, Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Roma Publications, 2012.
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  abstract     = {{At first glance Jan Kempenaers’ photographs may not reflect the traditional ideas we have about an everyday picturesqueness. To better understand the relationship between his compositions and the aesthetic category of the picturesque, we need to look more closely at some of the original eighteenth-century aspects of the picturesque. When we leave aside this popular genre’s legacy – which has been significant though not highly prized, for at one point the picturesque even became synonymous with conventionally beautiful scenery – we will be able to discover its astounding modernity and topicality. The picturesque conceived as such, I will argue, fits perfectly with our contemporary way of looking at and appreciating natural and urban environments, and is also firmly entrenched in contemporary practices of representation. Viewed from this perspective, Kempenaers’ photographs can be understood as an exploration of the continuing relevance of the picturesque in the contemporary visualization of our environment.}},
  author       = {{Kempenaers, Jan and De Meyer, Dirk}},
  isbn         = {{9789077459744}},
  keywords     = {{landscape photography,urban photography,architectural history,ruin,architecture,picturesque,contemporary art}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  pages        = {{80}},
  publisher    = {{Roma Publications}},
  title        = {{Jan Kempenaers: the picturesque}},
  year         = {{2012}},
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