Road to Empire
Medium:Oil on Canvas
Height: 21.5 in
Width: 28 in
Hilly green landscape with nestled houses. Lake in background and white, billowy clouds in blue sky.
Michael Maitner is a self-taught Grand Rapids artist. Over the past thirty years, his landscapes have reflected many different artistic styles including Realism, Impressionism and a style self-described as "whimsical." His style is influenced by a group of American artists known as the Regionalists of the 1930s, who sought to revive idealism in midwestern terms.
Typical in Maitner's work are rolling hillsides, skewed houses and farm buildings, billowy cloud formations, foreboding shadows and picturesque lake shores. Many of his landscapes are based on Michigan land forms, while others are directly conjured from the imagination, allowing Maitner to create his ideal world on canvas.