Frits Thaulow Norwegian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 827

Thaulow earned great success with his depictions of the rivers and byways of northern France. This canvas shows the village of Picquigny, near Amiens on the river Somme, where the Norwegian painter worked for several weeks in the late autumn of 1899. The composition adopts a downward vantage point that emphasizes the eddying water and its ever-changing colors, reflections, and illumination. Thaulow’s excursion was part of a characteristically ambitious professional schedule, including a summer exhibition with his friend Monet, an extended trip to Venice, and serving as Norway’s commissioner at the 1900 World’s Fair, held in his adopted hometown of Paris.

Picquigny, Frits Thaulow (Norwegian, Oslo (Kristiania) 1847–1906 Volendam, The Netherlands), Oil on canvas

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