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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  1. An editorial Review
    From Publishers Weekly:
    Scarcely known outside of his native Denmark, painter Christen Kobke (1810-1848), like his contemporary Soren Kierkegaard, was “attuned to the sheer momentariness of things.” His jewel-like, realist scenes of everyday life radiate a healing clarity. Romantic landscapes–dramas of air, light and color–recall Caspar David Friedrich’s theatrical scenes, but without the rhetoric. The subjects of Kobke’s striking portraits look as if they’ve leapt out of 19th-century fiction. His miniaturist precision reveals him as an analyst of the space within a painting, fluent in the language of the Dutch masters, later that of Degas and Seurat. In this sensitive, richly illustrated monograph, Sanford Schwartz, an art critic and essayist for the New Yorker and the Atlantic , performs a valuable service by introducing Kobke to an American audience.
    Christen Kobke, Hardcover – November 15, 1992

    Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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