14. Vista do Cavalão (View from Cavalão), 1884. Johann Georg Grimm is notable for his contribution to landscape painting in Brazil. A German immigrant, he revolutionized the teaching of landscape painting in Brazil when he took his students at the Brazilian Academy of Fine Arts out-of-doors to paint direct1y from nature. Since this break with traditional pedagogy was unacceptable to the Academy, Grimm left and opened his own school. He and his students-many of the finest Brazilian landscapists of the next generation-were known as the Grupo Grimm and painted in the area around Niterói, in the State of Rio deJaneiro. Grimm's landscapes were executed in the tradition of German Romanticism where the human figures are dwarfed by a vast sublime Nature which is the subject, not the backdrop, of the painting.
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