He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Thaulow’s Water Mill

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:57 am

Water Mill, Frits Thaulow
I’m happy to say that after several months of being relegated to the stacks, one of my favorite paintings is back on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Water Mill by Frits Thaulow.

I don’t think anyone handles the reflections, translucency and surface motion of small streams better than Thaulow.

Unfortunately, the museum’s page for the painting has removed the former zoomable image, and their current reproduction is too dark.

I found a better and larger reproduction here, from this blog. (Here is my own photo.)

I’ve written specifically about Water Mill before, as well as writing about Frits Thaulow (in a post with lots of links to Thaulow images), and here.

8 comments for Eye Candy for Today: Thaulow’s Water Mill »

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  1. Comment by Arjuna
    Friday, February 1, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    Psst! ~ http://www.philamuseum.org/images/cad/zoomers//CAT1091.JPG

  2. Comment by kathryn
    Friday, February 1, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    never heard of this artist before…but ohhh those colors & reflection…just beautiful!

  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Friday, February 1, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    Thanks, Arjuna. They still have it too dark, but it’s nice to know about the larger size.

  4. Comment by Ælle
    Friday, February 1, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    The Dutch, have just remembered the disaster that surprised them on January 1st.1953.
    There was too much water to handle than the painting suggests. It’s a real beauty. Thanks.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcX5wb1k9UM
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_flood_of_1953

  5. Comment by Ælle
    Friday, February 1, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    Correction: February 1st,1953

  6. Comment by Bill Marshall
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    I never get tired of viewing that painting. Both inspiring, and as you say pure “eye candy”. Thanks, Charley.

    Bill

  7. Comment by Susanne E.
    Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 7:56 am

    Thanks Charley for posting this painting! It’s been eight years since I have been to the Philadelphia Museum of art, and among all the great works strangely this painting is one of the few that stayed with me even though I did not remember the name of the artist. I was so impressed by the wonderful translucent green of the water which I have never seen painted like this before, I remember looking at this for a long time, such a soothing and true-to-nature painting it is! I am happy to see it again on your blog.

  8. Comment by Charley Parker
    Saturday, March 2, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Thanks, Susanne. If you’re not familiar with Thaulow’s other work, it’s worth looking up. There are resources on the web linked from some of my other articles on his work.

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