Why does Red Dead Redemption 2 look so much like these paintings?

Learn more about the art inspiration cues in Rockstar’s Western epic

Red Dead Redemption 2’s open world is a beautiful place, rendered with care and exquisite attention to detail. But where does Rockstar draw its inspiration? According to their art director, they don’t look to specific paintings (or movies for that matter).

So why does it looks so much like this 19th century style of American landscape painting?

It turns out that if you look at the history of this artistic movement, known as the Hudson River School of Art, you start to see exactly why this is. Which is what the video above is all about. Red Dead Redemption 2 can’t avoid a connection to these paintings because it can’t avoid its connections to the cultural history that created the western genre. Or as Wendy Ikemoto, associate curator at the New York Historical Society, put it in our video, art is not “a passive reflection or document of history, but it is, rather, an agent of history.”

Source: Polygon

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