Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin
 

 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Springer townscape

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:47 pm

De Zuiderhavendijk in Enkhuizen, Cornelis Springer
De Zuiderhavendijk in Enkhuizen, Cornelis Springer

In the Rijksmuseum.

I just love these mid-19th century townscapes by Springer and some of his contemporaries. With their tactile renderings of brick and mortar, paving blocks and the assorted comings and goings of daily life, they are fascinating marvels of texture.

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  1. Comment by Ælle
    Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 4:36 am

    ENCHVSÆ 1652 by map-maker Cornelis Blaeu aka Cornelio Blavii
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Blaeu_1652_-_Enkhuizen.jpg

  2. Comment by Melissa
    Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    I am humbled and dumfounded by the sheer number of bricks! How long must it have taken to paint this? And you don’t say what the original size is–how small a brush? Wow.

  3. Comment by Seth Rosamilia
    Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    The brickwork and pavement truly do show an incredibly meticulous attention to detail, and I think the clouds are also amazing. They appear incredibly real, and very three-dimensional. A wonderful painting.

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