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Title A Factory in Norway
Collection Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Artist Thaulow, Fritz (Norwegian painter and engraver, 1847-1906, active also in France)
Date Earliest possibly 1885
Date Latest possibly 1906
Signed yes
Description Factory in Norway is typical of Thaulow's work. The main area of the picture is filled by a bubbling black river. On either side, its banks are piled high with snow, and the trees to the left seem petrified, with not a breath of wind to disturb even the smallest twig. Thaulow studied in Copenhagen, where he was remembered by his teachers as a good colourist but a poor draughtsman. This may explain why his pictures rarely include figures. In Factory in Norway, the only clues to the presence of humans are the steam and smoke rising from the factories into the pale winter sky.
Current Accession Number ABDAG003665
Former Accession Number 13.6
Inscription front lr 'Frits Thaulow'
Subject landscape
Measurements 82.0 x 100.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased 1913.
Provenance Horatio McCulloch; by descent to George McCulloch.
Principal Exhibitions Royal Academy Winter Exhibition, London, 1909, cat. no. 27.
Publications Studio, Vol. 82, p. 252; Aberdeen Art Gallery Catalogue, 1937, pl. IXII; Scottish Art Review, vol. 5, no. 3, p. 6.

Thaulow was born in Oslo in 1847. Moving to Paris in the 1870's he came under the influence of the Barbizon School and especially the work of Corot and Daubigny. The cool grey light of their paintings was admirably suited to the Norwegian landscape and Thaulow's paintings were soon gaining high prices both in Europe and in the United States, where Thaulow's perfectly observed realism was greatly admired.

Thaulow realised his artistic limitations (his inability to draw figures) and chose to concentrate on a particular type of painting. His northern landscapes, which he produced with great speed, brought him wealth and success at a very early age and, though in subsequent years his grand impressive paintings found little sympathy from a post-Victorian generation, today they are once again increasing in popularity.

Rights Owner Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
Author Jennifer Melville



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