Study of Water and Plants

Thomas Fearnley Norwegian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 808

This large study amply conveys Fearnley’s interest in rendering effects of light and reflection in water, as well as the flora growing on its banks. He painted the picture on September 23, 1837, in Surrey, during an extended sojourn in England. Fearnley learned to sketch directly before nature from his teacher Johan Christian Dahl, but this work also betrays the artist’s recent encounters with paintings by John Constable at the Royal Academy in London.

Study of Water and Plants, Thomas Fearnley (Norwegian, Frederikshald 1802–1842 Munich), Oil on paper, laid down on wood

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