Eye Candy for Today: Frits Thaulow, A stream in spring

Frits Thaulow, A stream in spring

Frits Thaulow, A stream in spring (details)

A stream in spring, Frits Thaulow, oil on panel, roughly 13 x 16 inches (32 x 40 cm)

Link is to Christie’s auction house, where the painting was sold at auction in 2011 (full size here). I don’t know the current location of the original, perhaps in a private collection.

19th century Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow is my favorite painter of small streams and rivers, and one of my favorite landscape painters in general.

I don’t think I’ve seen anyone capture the elements of surface character, reflection and objects under the water quite like Thaulow. For superb example of how he sometimes captures all three in one painting, see my Eye Candy post on Thaulow’s Water Mill.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Francesc Masriera’s Winter 1882

Winter 1882, Francesc Masriera

Winter 1882, Francesc Masriera

Winter 1882, Francesc Masriera

Oil on canvas, roughly 31 x 24″ (79 x 62 cm); link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, which also has a zoomable image.

Catalan painter Francesc Masriera has give us a tour de force study of soft textures — from the variation in the fur of the muff, the tufts on the hat and tassels on the muff, the fabric of the hat and wrap, and the soft curls of the young woman’s hair — contrasted with the smoother textures of her sleeve and glove.

 
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Carlos Schwabe

Carlos Schwabe, Symbolist painter

Carlos Schwabe, Symbolist painter

Though some of his literary subject matter and style characteristics have much in common with Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelite artists, German-Swiss painter and printmaker Carlos Schwabe is considered to be a Symbolist.

Schwabe was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his work presented a variety of themes and approaches.

[Note: some of the images on the sites linked to below contain nudity and should be considered NSFW.]

 
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Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens (details)

Adoration of the Magi, Peter Paul Rubens

Link is to Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Royal Museum Antwerp.

17th century Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens’ multi-faceted penchant for drama is in evidence here, in the pyramidal arrangement of the figures — topped of by camel riders peering under the rafters — the great assortment of facial expressions, the flowing drapery of robes, and the dynamic poses of even the most static figures.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Peder Mønsted winter landscape

Peder Mork Monsted, Sunny Winter Day (Ein sonniger Wintertag)

Peder Mork Monsted, Sunny Winter Day (Ein sonniger Wintertag) (details)

Sunny Winter Day (Ein sonniger Wintertag), Peder Mørk Mønsted

Link is to image on Wikimedia Commons: I don’t know the location of the original.

Happy Winter Solstice, everyone!

 
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