Young woman on a bench - Christian Krog.
The largest Norwegian representative of realism, Christian Krog, was greatly influenced by French impressionism, which is especially evident in this picture. It depicts a young girl sitting in a park or in a large estate on the banks of a heavily overgrown pond or river.
It is surrounded by unspoiled nature, in which there are still traces of minimal human intervention. This is a simple bench, rather, even a bench from a simple board on stumps, as well as a rough fence from a thin, non-sanded tree trunk. The rest of the world appears before us in a pristine, untouched form.
In the distance, behind the pond, individual groups of small trees or large bushes are visible, and behind the back of a seated girl an old, spreading tree grows with several curved trunks, characteristic of harsh northern nature.
But the world around is full of colors, if you look closely at the canvas, you can see hundreds of small plants, herbs, written out with sharp, energetic strokes. The girl’s face is also depicted in the same technique - spectacular brush strokes emphasize the sun glare falling on it through the sparse foliage of the tree.
But in a completely different style, a light yellow dress is depicted and takes the girls. This color organically fits it into the surrounding nature, adding juiciness to the composition, but not out of the range of colors. The dress seems to be monolithic, except for the folds depicted quite schematically.
The diagonal line of the barrier from the raw log and the girl’s body position almost repeating it gives depth to the composition, and the artist’s skill fills the picture with light and air, making it almost really voluminous.
This canvas can be considered a surprisingly organic combination of realistic vision and impressionistic style of painting. As a result of such an alloy, an extremely expressive and memorable canvas was obtained.