Frits Thaulow Norway
10-20-1847 Christiania, NOR – 11-5-1906 Paris, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
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In the autumn of 1879 Frits Thaulow went to Skagen in Denmark, painting with a group of Scandinavians there and then on to Oslo. He spent the years 1879-92 in Norway, a very important period when Realist painting based on French models was accepted in Norway. His personal interpretation of the Norwegian landscape was widely felt to be new. He painted the streets and public gardens of his native Oslo and specialized in rendering Scandinavia, A Stone Bridge Over A Stream In Winter (1886, Paris, Muse d’Orsay). Frits Thaulow also became an expert at oil painting slow-flowing rivers and complex reflections in water, particularly during his autumn and winter stay beside the Simoa River in 1883, when he produced such paintings as An Orchard On The Banks Of A River (1883, National Gallery, Oslo).
Frits Thaulow also made a number of trips abroad, to Paris 1882-3, Scotland 1884, Venice 1885 and Germany 1885-6, where he painted works of great delicacy. Some show a slight influence from Impressionism, but this was never an important element in his artwork. During the 1880s he was prominent in establishing more progressive artists associations and exhibition societies and was regarded as the leading Norwegian artist of the period.
At the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris, Frits (Fritz) Thaulow made personal contacts with leading French artists and when the Salon du Champ de Mars was established in 1890, he became a highly regarded exhibitor there. He decided to move to France in 1892. He painted about 50 pictures a year, most of them rather small oil paintings.
Frits Thaulow was essentially a painter working within the framework of Realism, to which he made an original contribution. He was a friend of Claude Oscar Monet and an important link between Norwegian and French art. The contents of his studio were auctioned in Paris in 1907. He was a master of portraying the interaction of light and water. Many of his oil paintings are river and lake scenes and his paintings are becoming more and more appreciated and collected now than ever before.
Art Movement: Realism Art
Influences: Hans Gude
Traveled: France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland, Germany