The Arts, the Senses, and the Imagination
FRITS THAULOW --- WATER MILL
by Robert Millar on August 28th, 2013

Whenever I have a little free time, one of my favorite occupations is to go to galleries and look at art. In-person visits are always better than looking at art in books or on the internet, because the work has not been interfered with by the inevitable distortions that occur when media (books, computers, prints, etc.) are involved. When it is just us interacting directly with the original work of art, it is the only time we are receiving the artist’s full intentions. Nevertheless, one of my small pleasures is to settle in at my computer with a morning cup of tea and navigate to the home page of my internet browser – a site called Gandalf’s Gallery. The host of that website presents a variety of new photos of paintings each day for our perusal. As a result of following this website, I have been pleasantly reminded of a lot of familiar works, and I’ve also been introduced to works with which I was unfamiliar, prompting me to find out more about them and thereby widen my understanding of the art world. And this is where media can perform a service --- not in replacing an actual museum visit, but in tempting us to see the real thing.
For example, I had never heard of the Norwegian painter, Frits Thaulow (1847-1906), before, and I was stunned when I saw this work, Water Mill (1892).
The background buildings are not extremely interesting, but look at that water! I don’t by any means believe that all painting needs to be realistic to be significant, but the reality of this work is striking; the water is so vividly alive! You can sense the surging undercurrents, you feel as though if you extended your hand you would be able to feel the slick viscosity of the water, you can see light both reflecting off the surface of the water and illuminating the depths, and it doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to hear the rushing of the sluice and the deep gurgling of the river.

If you are interested in finding out more about this painter and his works, or about Gandalf’s Gallery, here are some links to get you started:

FRITZ THAULOW:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frits_Thaulow
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Frits_Thaulow

GANDALF’S GALLERY: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gandalfsgallery/with/9369906136/


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2 Comments

Alberto - November 10th, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Just checked out Gandalf's Gallery. Best place to view art of all kinds, old masters and new. That was a good tip. You have to ask yourself, how could they do such detailed and accurate paintings over a hundred years ago when there were no art supply stores to go to and buy a brush or paints. They had to work from scratch and make it before they could start a painting. Alberto
Robert Millar - November 10th, 2013 at 2:13 PM
So true, Alberto. It really increases your respect for those artists of old. In these days of digital art in which an artist can endlessly tweak his work without having to start over entirely, you have to have admiration for those who didn't have the option of such short cuts.
By the way, there is another way to get at Gandalf's Gallery via Flicker. I actually like it better as there are many options for viewing the art via slide show, magnification, etc. Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gandalfsgallery/
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