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Fine Impressions Gallery is a fine art print gallery offering a wide selection of original antique and contemporary handmade prints and other works on paper, including watercolors and drawings. We have something for every interest, including architecture, botanicals, maps, birds, historical subjects, literary subjects, satire, costumes, and much more. Our professional framing services will protect and display your artwork, providing a lifetime of enjoyment.

Serving the
art community
since 1981

Gallery Hours:
Tues-Sat 11-5
or by appointment

8300 5th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115

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"La Citta San Malo"
Artist Unknown

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"Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye." - Leonardo da Vinci

Artists bring fresh eyes to the most mundane of subjects. Whether abstract or figurative, they capture the essence of their subject matter.

During the Italian Renaissance, an emphasis on realistic representation took hold of the art world. Preeminent artists and architects such as Leon Battista Alberti and Filippo Bruneleschi created treatises on perspective and its use in two dimensional art. These techniques dominated the Western art world through the advent of cubism in the twentieth century and continue to influence artists to this day.

There are two basic techniques for creating the illusion of perspective - linear and aerial. Linear perspective uses a horizon line, vanishing point and angled lines to make objects appear to recede into the foreground. Best seen in buildings and interiors, here are some great examples of linear perspective from our collection.

"Art Deco Interiors"
Henri Delacroix
Pochoir 1930

"San Francisco"
Poster 1964

"City Interior"
Paul Genry
Wood Engraving

Color Etching

"Bomb-Damaged Church"
Artist Unknown
Photograph 1917

"Interieur de Notre-Dame"
Lithograph 1861

Aerial perspective on the other hand, uses color and sharpness to express depth. Also called atmospheric perspective, objects and scenery are portrayed lighter and with less contrast as they get farther away. These are a few of our favorite pieces that showcase aerial perspective.

"Ocean Beach"
John Moilanen
Sumi 2011

"Snake River,
Looking Downstream"
Richard Lewis

Stephen McMillan

"Untitled Arab Figure
on Camel Near City"
Hassan el Yashmid
Watercolor 1900

"Oriental Tea Garden,
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco"
Unknown Artist
Japanese Woodblock

"Mt. Vernon,
Washington Territory"
Elwood Evans
Lithograph 1889

We love it when artists play with perspective too. It can be a wonderful tool to create a sense of whimsy or fun. It can also just be an example of the artist not really knowing his subject all that well, like the adorably off-kilter tiger in the piece below.

"Part of the Natural
History of Asia"
Copperplate Engraving 1812

"Pompei Design"
Laurent Hours
Mixed Media

"Poems of Childhood"
Maxfield Parrish
Book 1904

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