River - Fritz Taulov. 1883
All art historians know that a great influence on the formation of the creative style and plot preferences of the Norwegian impressionist Fritz Taulov was made by his teacher, the famous marine painter Karl Frederic Sørensen. However, the teacher taught his talented student to paint seascapes, and the adult Taulov focused his attention on more modest reservoirs - narrow small rivers with a calm course, surrounded by picturesque shores. Almost such is the painting "River", written in 1883. Only here Taulov depicted the river wider, with a narrow sandy scythe in the middle.
Expanse and freedom are the main characteristics of the picture. The circles on the water immediately attract attention. Most likely, in this way the painter depicted rain, and the gloomy, unfriendly sky eloquent confirmation of this. The circles break the mirror image, but in the “clean” areas we can see the same rainy sky. Such a “roll call”: the sky - a reflection of the sky in the water, is a rather classic technique among landscape painters.
Noteworthy is the painter's concentrated attitude to the small details that make the landscape very realistic and give it a certain mood. Over there, on a scythe, two trees tumbled down, a small scattering of white pebbles, and near the shore a bare skeleton of a fallen tree branch, a young shoot of light green shrubs in sharp contrast with the dark statues of "seasoned" trees ...
This landscape is especially close to the Russian audience - the Norwegian nature is very similar here with our views. The same flood of the river framed by trees and the rainy summer sky above all this beauty. Quite to himself, the Russian painter could be the author.
But no one like Taulov knew how to write the river. Changeable, lively, with her own character and mood, she is the main character in the paintings of the impressionist. And in this, Fritz Taulov is absolutely unique.