Lines and Colors art blog

Eye Candy for Today: Marcus Larson’s Waterfall in Småland

Waterfall in Smaland, Marcus Larson
Waterfall in Småland, Marcus Larson

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; Original is in the Nationalmuseum Sweden.

Swedish landscape painter Marcus Larson — who was at one time a student of the German painter Andreas Achenbach — gives us a wonderfully dramatic landscape in the Romantic tradition, with brooding clouds, deep shadows across the land, striking contrasts of light, and the great, angular forms of the rocks set amid the turmoil of the water.

The painting has enormous depth, from the dark rocks barely revealed in the left foreground through the bands of light and shadow receding to the sunlit hillside on our right to the distant mountains beyond.