In her series LS (an abbreviation of Landschaft, German for “landscape”), Gütschow uses digital technology to create photographs that perfectly embody the pictorial conventions of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century landscape painting. Drawing on an extensive archive of images of grass, trees, clouds, and human figures—mostly photographed in forests and public parks throughout Germany—she painstakingly assembles her pictures in Photoshop, combining up to one hundred different images in a single composite. The photographs pay homage to the idyllic beauty of landscapes by such artists as Claude Lorrain, John Constable, and Jacob van Ruisdael while at the same time underscoring the calculated artifice of this romantic ideal.
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Beate Gütschow; [Produzentengalerie Hamburg]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "After Photoshop," September 25, 2012–May 27, 2013.
Gütschow, Beate. Beate Gütschow: LS/S. 1st ed. New York: Aperture, 2007. p. 8.