California has a distinguished tradition of landscape painting.  Two of the most important movements are impressionism and tonalism.  These books should be of use to art student.

Recommended Landscape Painting Books

  • Edgar Payne. The Composition of Outdoor Painting. Bellflower, CA.: DeRu’s Fine Arts, 2006.
  • John F. Carlson.  Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting.  Dover, 1973.
  • Birge Harrison. Landscape Painting. New York: Scribners, 1909.
  • Rex Vicat Cole.  The Artistic Anatomy of Trees.  Dover, 1965.
  • F. J. Glass.  Sketching from Nature.  B. T. Batsford, 1926.
  • Peter Galassi. Corot in Italy: Open-Air Painting & the Classical-Landscape Tradition. Yale, 1996.
  • Averil King.  Isaak Levitan: The Lyrical Landscapes. Philip Wilson Publisher, 2004.
  • Ralph Sessions ed. The Poetic Vision: American Tonalism.  Spanierman Gallery, 2006
  • Geoffrey Smith.  Arthur Streeton 1867-1943.  National Gallery of Victoria, 1995.
  • Ruth Westphal ed.  Plein Air Painers of California: The North.  Westphal, 1998.
  • Ruth Westphal ed.  Plein Air Painers of California: The Southland.  Westphal, 1998.