Cloud Art

From abstract and surrealist to black and white photography, our curators's selection of art featuring clouds in the LUMAS portfolio can bring lovely accents into your room. Explore our collection, and find the right cloud artwork for your home design concept today!






The Cloudscape

Clouds in art have a rich and varied history. Renaissance painters like Titian, Raphael, and Giorgioni depicted clouds as a symbolic breaking-through point of God from the heavens; and in bright and solid, or thick and miasmic appearances providing the backdrop to divine and mythological drama. Painting "sotto in su" - seen from below - encompassed legendary skyscapes (or heavenscapes) on ceiling murals.

In the nineteenth century, the simple classification of clouds by British meteorologist Like Howard provided a spur to an ascendant interest in the context of Romanticism and landscape painting. In Britain, John Constable and Joseph Turner created breathtaking cloudscapes, in Turner's case, often nested within his paintings of roaring seascapes.

In modernist art, clouds have been a focal point for meditations on artistic perception in visual art, and the artistic self. Impressionists like Pissarot and Monet composed clouds which accentuated the difference, as they saw it, between plain naturalistic perception and reality from the shores of conventional painting. Whirling, layered cloudscapes make up the backdrops to many of Van Gogh's famous expressionist works. For surrealists like Magritte and Dalí, clouds were a prototypical symbol from the unconscious. They were typically presented against light blue skys, appearing unsettlingly picturesque.

Today, the cloud continues to have a powerful symbolism. As in the word cloud, it stands, in network terms, for the diffuse and the distributed, which nevertheless is a container, saturated with data and whole within itself.

Decorating with Clouds


While clouds are usually taken to signal optimism and a positive atmosphere, in reality, their capacity to convey that specific mood depends heavily on the motif. William Blake wrote of "hungry clouds" which "swag on the deep", describing clouds as part of a fiery hellscape, rather than the imagery of a bright sky breaking through over a still sea.

Clouds may bring a surreal effect into a room, as a kind of ideal background for objects or scenes quite out of place, floating in the sky. Such works should be seen not as mood-setters on their own, but as pictorial artworks with a great deal of independence, requiring thought and staging in appropriate spaces. Artworks featuring clouds which are closer to an impressionist style, highlighting atmospheric effects, are better-suited to set moods and accents in a room.

As part of a home decor concept, art featuring clouds is not limited to a given room or interior space. That being said, clouds may point to effects on a viewer which are not strictly evident in the aesthetic effects of a given artwork: it may convey a sense of hopefulness without being very bright, or, in more conceptual works, introduce the familiar symbolism of clouds - daybreak, calm and slow transition - in ways that are more difficult for a viewer to instantly parse, and which invite and require contemplation. For these reasons, cloud art in the bedroom, a room meant to be a haven of calm, is something which requires a fair amount of thought before diving in.

Black and white photographic seascapes or landscapes with clouds, such as those by Helmut Schlaiss or Wolfgang Uhlig, instantly introduce a vintage accent, recalling classic beach culture or romantic touring through the Italian countryside. These works are recommended as stunning and effective accent-setters in any room of the home.



 curated cloud artworks: Margate by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Margate
Horst & Daniel Zielske
from $ 549 to $ 1,999
 curated cloud artworks: Polyptych of clouds by Antonio Rojas
Polyptych of clouds
Antonio Rojas
from $ 849 to $ 1,399
 curated cloud artworks: Ponte delle Torri by Helmut Schlaiß
Ponte delle Torri
Helmut Schlaiß
from $ 1,099 to $ 1,999
 curated cloud artworks: Cheetahs hunting, Serengeti, Tanzania by Horst Klemm
Cheetahs hunting, Serengeti, Tanzania
Horst Klemm
from $ 499 to $ 1,099
 curated cloud artworks: White Pier by Akos Major
White Pier
Akos Major
from $ 849 to $ 2,290
 curated cloud artworks: Istanbul, Atakoy I by Murat Germen
Istanbul, Atakoy I
Murat Germen
from $ 1,099 to $ 2,190
 curated cloud artworks: Val d'Orcia I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Val d'Orcia I
Horst & Daniel Zielske
from $ 999 to $ 2,290
 curated cloud artworks: Bei Kibanga, Kongo by Farin Urlaub
Bei Kibanga, Kongo
Farin Urlaub
from $ 799 to $ 1,999
 curated cloud artworks: Congresso Nacional by Henning Bock
Congresso Nacional
Henning Bock
from $ 1,049 to $ 2,390
 curated cloud artworks: 52 or 53 by Erik Chmil
52 or 53
Erik Chmil
$ 6,590
 curated cloud artworks: Infrared Dolomites I by Paolo Pettigiani
Infrared Dolomites I
Paolo Pettigiani
from $ 499 to $ 849
 curated cloud artworks: Motorhome by Matthias Jung
Motorhome
Matthias Jung
$ 1,049
 curated cloud artworks: Hong Kong I by Murat Germen
Hong Kong I
Murat Germen
from $ 1,099 to $ 2,190
 curated cloud artworks: Feuersee by Claudio Gotsch
Feuersee
Claudio Gotsch
from $ 999 to $ 1,999
 curated cloud artworks: Ushuaia by Erik Chmil
Ushuaia
Erik Chmil
from $ 1,049 to $ 2,590
 curated cloud artworks: Landstation by 3deluxe
Landstation
3deluxe
$ 599
 curated cloud artworks: Surreal Perfection by Tim Mckenna
Surreal Perfection
Tim Mckenna
$ 1,149
 curated cloud artworks: How Gentle are the Waves by Françoise Gaujour
How Gentle are the Waves
Françoise Gaujour
$ 239
 curated cloud artworks: Desierto con flores by Rosa Muñoz
Desierto con flores
Rosa Muñoz
from $ 749 to $ 1,299
 curated cloud artworks: Bridge 11 by Carl Miller
Bridge 11
Carl Miller
from $ 1,299 to $ 2,990
 curated cloud artworks: Silence by Aida Pascual Benito
Silence
Aida Pascual Benito
from $ 1,299 to $ 2,490
 curated cloud artworks: Maia; Montalivet, France, 1992 by Jock Sturges | Trunk Archive
Maia; Montalivet, France, 1992
Jock Sturges | Trunk Archive
from $ 899 to $ 1,599
 curated cloud artworks: Li River, Guilin , Study 2 by Jonathan Chritchley
Li River, Guilin , Study 2
Jonathan Chritchley
from $ 349 to $ 1,299
 curated cloud artworks: Fontane Pretoria by Helmut Schlaiß
Fontane Pretoria
Helmut Schlaiß
from $ 1,199 to $ 2,190
 curated cloud artworks: Pan Am by Alastair Pincaud
Pan Am
Alastair Pincaud
$ 2,490
 curated cloud artworks: Mount Uvita Greda, Montenegro by Jonathan Andrew
Mount Uvita Greda, Montenegro
Jonathan Andrew
from $ 1,199 to $ 2,790
 curated cloud artworks: Shooting Party On Lord Shaftesbury's Estate by Justin Barton
Shooting Party On Lord Shaftesbury's Estate
Justin Barton
from $ 849 to $ 3,790
 curated cloud artworks: Misurina by Erik Chmil
Misurina
Erik Chmil
from $ 1,049 to $ 2,590
 curated cloud artworks: Uroboros by Matthias Jung
Uroboros
Matthias Jung
$ 1,599
 curated cloud artworks: Shangri La by Hengki Koentjoro
Shangri La
Hengki Koentjoro
from $ 499 to $ 799
 curated cloud artworks: Panorama Berlin by Johannes Weinsheimer
Panorama Berlin
Johannes Weinsheimer
$ 99


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