Eye Candy for Today: Frits Thaulow’s Winter

Winter, Frits Thaulow
Winter, Frits Thaulow

Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; downloadble high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway.

What better way to celebrate the Winter Solstice than with a super high-resolution image of a painting I haven’t see before by one of my favorite painters — Frits Thaulow!

I love the seemingly effortless finesse of his brushy application of paint, the gestural structure of the trees, the brief notation of figures and the marvelous paint textures in the sky and snow.

Happy Winter Solstice everybody!

4 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Frits Thaulow’s Winter

  1. The painting of winter landscapes had a breakthrough with naturalism at the end of the 1870s.
    After central heating was invented perhaps?
    Never heard of Thaulow before. Those wintery landscapes in reality have become very rare nowadays.
    It is Eye Candy for sure, thank you.

    1. Thanks, ælle. It may have had more to do with the same advances in painting materials (easily transportable tin tubes for paint and “French” easels) that fueled the advance of plein air painting in France and elsewhere. Check out my links to Thaulow’s other works; particularly his wonderful handling of small streams.

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