Eye Candy for Today: Christen Købke landscape

The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist's Studio on Blegdammen, Christen Kobke, oil painting on paper

The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist's Studio on Blegdammen, Christen Købke, oil painting on paper (details)

The Garden Steps Leading to the Artist’s Studio on Blegdammen, Christen Købke

Oil on paper laid on canvas, roughly 9 x 13 inches (22 x 33 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Denmark.

I love the odd angle at which he’s approached the building, the compressed indication of the sunlit side and the curve of the bush cradled in the curve of the stairs. There is just something pleasingly gestural about the whole painting, though it’s grounded in solid draftsmanship.

 
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