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Eye Candy for Today: Cornelis Springer cathedral

A Cathedral on a Townsquare in Summer, Cornelis Springer

I just love Springer’s atmospheric, textural cityscapes. As is often the case, this one is a tour-de-force in the use of value relationships to both suggest space and define the composition.

I find the contrast between the dark building in the left foreground and the almost ghostly tower particularly fascinating.

Cornelis inexorably moves our eye to the top of the tower by strengthening the value contrasts in comparison to the base. But even the base of the structure is pushed forward into the middle ground by the faded values of the distant street.


2 responses to “Eye Candy for Today: Cornelis Springer cathedral”

  1. Trained as a house painter he did well!

    1. Yes, I should say so!