Lines and Colors art blog

Eye Candy for Today: Roelofs’ Rainbow

The Rainbow, Willem Roelofs
The Rainbow (Evening of a Rainy Autumn Day), Willem Roelofs

On Google Art Project. High-res downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. Originai is in the Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag.

It’s difficult to paint a rainbow without succumbing to the picturesque, but 19th century Dutch painter Willem Roelofs accomplishes it brilliantly — by pushing the prismatic phenomenon into the background and emphasizing the dramatic post-storm transition from shadow to sunlight.