Art in Scandinavia — The Old Stuff

Can’t help but think the guy on the left holding the rock was the most fun to paint.
Remember when I talked about “The Luggage House” (Lagkagehuset) in Travelogue: Copenhagen? That’s what’s on the west bank of the Sortedam Sø today.
I like the solitary human against the white of the glacier.
I tried to capture the impasto. Tough to do in low light, so I brightened the photo.
You can feel the chill.
The landscape, the clothing, the facial expressions — at the risk of stereotyping, this strikes me as quintessentially Norwegian.
Don’t know about you, but I’m ready to start the revolution.
Perhaps this image of a man looking upon humanity from a distance prefigures the isolated subjects to come.
If you look closely at the fence on the bottom right, you’ll see minor damage. That likely occurred in 1994, when the painting was stolen. It was recovered three months later, at Asgardstrand.
Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude, “Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord,” 1848. National Gallery, Oslo, Norway.

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