Saturday, January 04, 2014

Who painted this? #56

Who painted this? #56
Not the usual subject for a painting that you associate with this painter.

Don't forget besides wanting the answers to all the usual questions (see below) I'd also like to hear about what you managed to find out about the artist and painting - and the best answer wins this week's challenge!

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  • use your brains not software to find the answer - search using words only on a database of images 
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog - do not leave the answer on Facebook! 
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer 
  • if wrong it will be published 
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)

Who Painted This #54 - The Answer

  • Title of the artworkSvenska: Julaftonen | English: Christmas Eve
  • Name of the artist who created this artwork: Carl Larsson (May 28, 1853 – January 22, 1919) was a Swedish painter and interior designer
  • Date it was created: 1904-1905
  • Media used: Watercolour
  • Where it lives now: Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
This is an interesting website about the home of the Swedish painter which has quite a lot if information about him.

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #55? - More of you got it right than read the instructions for how to answer.  Unfortunately the actual first person to answer didn't read the instructions properly and hence her answer is incomplete and "not recognised". Plus another person just provided the name too.

theartistsday was the first person with a complete "proper" complete correct answer

Others to get it right were:

Bernadette as usual provided the most complete answer and is the winner of #55.  It's a really interesting read and for those of you who looked at this one I do recommend you click the link and go back and read it.


  1. Sandviken, Norway Village In The Snow, oil on canvas
    Claude Oscar Monet 1895 73 x 92 cm, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Illinois USA.
    Claude Monet came to Norway in February 1895 "to paint the fearsome North". I knew that it was a Monet because of the colors and paintstrokes. I also sort of remembered seeing this at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sure enough here is a link to the museum website too.

  2. Finding the painting was simple, I googled "impresionist snow painting" and found it first try.
    Its Monet, Sandviken, Norway, (Village in the Snow), oil on canvas 92.5 cm x 73.4 painted 1895, one of a series painted when he visited Norway that year. It belongs to the Art Institute of Chicago.
    Apparently Monet's stepson married a Norwegian, and Monet accompanied Jacques Hoschedé on a business trip to Norway in 1895. He spent 2 months staying in an artists colony just south of Oslo, where he produced 29 paintings, not always in easy circumstances as he insisted on painting outdoors. His style changed. According to the AIC's Interpretive Resource,
    his interpretation of the mountains resembled the Japanese wood blocks he collected. Other sources state that his style became more simplistic, reducing his interpretation to that of simply light and reflected light, when compared to his other paintings in Giverny and its surroundings, and they lack the warmth of those local winter scenes. There is no doubt that this painting represents a freezing cold scene!Perhaps the real reason for its simplicity is that Monet could not spend too much time outside painting in freezing conditions, no matter how many layers of clothing he wore?
    Other sources for information include:
    for which I am very grateful, particularly the second as it compares most of his snow paintings with each other.

  3. Claude Monet
    Sandviken Village in the Snow
    he was born in 1840 and died in 1926
    he was famous for many impressionistic paintings such as water lillies and haystacks. he wanted to paint the light . he is one of the most well known of the impressionist artists

  4. Title: Sandviken, Norway (Village in the Snow)
    Artist: Claude Monet (1840-1926)
    Date: 1895
    Media: Oil on canvas
    Location: Art institute of Chicago

    Monet traveled to Norway in 1895, where he painted at least 3 different versions of this same scene from the same vantage point in varying weathers and lighting conditions.

    "Monet came to Norway mainly to experience snow, but the adventurous Frenchman initially found it to be too much of a good thing: “This country is undoubtedly infinitely more beautiful without snow, or at least when there isn’t so much of it,” he wrote. He was also frustrated in his effort to find beautiful landscapes by his inability to ski."

    Searched Google for "Monet snow scene" which led fairly quickly to title of painting and further details. The way the bridge is painted was the giveaway as to the artist. I wouldn't have known Monet ever went to Scandinavia of not for this, but it's still somewhat unclear WHY he did!

  5. Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926
    Sandvika, Norway, 1895
    (or Sandviken Village in the Snow, 1895)
    Oil on canvas
    73.4 x 92.5 cm (28 7/8 x 36 3/8 in.)
    Inscribed, lower left: Claude Monet 95
    Gift of Bruce Borland, 1961.790
    Wildenstein, Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné, 1979 1397

    Claude Monet’s trip to Norway in 1895 was perhaps the most physically taxing of all his many painting campaigns. Touring the country with his stepson Jacques Hoschedé, who lived in Christiania (now Oslo), he was awestruck but initially frustrated in his search for good motifs amid the snow. Nevertheless, he painted 29 Norwegian scenes during a two-month stay. These included at least six views of Sandvika, a village near Christiania whose iron bridge may have reminded Monet of the Japanese bridge at his home in Giverny.

    — Permanent collection label

    The bridge was built at Bærums Verk in 1829 and was in use as part of the main road through Sandvika until the mid 1970s. When the new main road bridge was built the old bridge was moved 200 meter further up the river. It is now serving as a bridge for pedestrians and is still part of the local infrastructure in Sandvika. In Sandvika, the bridge is known as the Monet bridge after Claude Monet (1840-1926. The house to the lower right in Monet's painting was recently restored, and can now be rented for special occasions.

  6. artist:Claude Monet
    title:'Sandviken, Village Under the Snow'
    1895 oil on canvas
    The Art Institute of Chicago

    I really thought this was a painting by Bonnard and started my search by googling winter and snow scenes by him. Eventually expanded to the impressionists and was very surprised it turned out to be Monet! He traveled to Norway in 1895 to paint and in a letter to Gustave Geffrey wrote "..this morning I was painting under constantly falling snow. You would have burst out laughing to see me white all over, my beard overgrown with icicles." That might explain the execution which doesn't have his usual facility I guess for lack of a better word..but those colors - wow gorgeous!!
    Allyson Krowitz

  7. Artist.......Claude Monet
    Title.........Sandviken, Norway / Sandviken Village in the Snow
    Medium....Oil on canvas
    Where it is...Art Institute of Chicago
    How I found it ... I Googled landscape impressionist snow and it came up

    Monet lived a long, interesting and productive life, he was over 80 when he died and had been one of the world`s best known painters for much of his life. As a result there is an enormous amount of information about him in the art history books and on the net...not to mention how familiar a lot of his work is, even to those not interested in art, from table mats, umbrellas,tee shirts and more.
    However, his trip to Norway, where this picture was painted, is hardly mentioned,not even in the interview, well worth reading, which he gave to `Le Temp` published on November 26 1900.
    A very basic time frame is:
    1840..... Born in Paris
    1855..... Lived in Le Havre, gaining a reputation ( and market ) for drawing caricatures
    1856..... met the plein air Boudin, a huge influence on his future work
    1862..... Paris .. met other like minded painters, studied with Charles Gleyre
    1870.....Franco Prussian War, he and his family took refuge in London
    1872.....He painted `Impression,Sunrise` which gave us the word Impressionist.
    1879...... Death of his wife Camille Doncieux
    1883..... His first paintings of the Giverny region, where he and his second wife Alice Hoschedé rented a house, which subsequently became the inspiration for much of his work
    !890...... Bought the house, did numerous paintings of it and its garden
    1892 onwards..... his travels took him to the Mediterranean,Venice,London and Norway
    1912..... Cataracts in both eyes diagnosed, which worsened over the next 10 years, though he still continued painting
    1926...... Died of lung cancer in Giverny

    Monet travelled in Norway with his stepson Jacques Hoschedé,who lived in Christiania ( now Oslo), in February 1895. It was not an easy trip, it was very cold, the terrain was difficult to navigate and worst of all for Monet, he did not initially find inspiration. However , he persisted and in the two months he spent there he made 29 paintings. He stayed for a while in the guesthouse`Bjornegard` in Baerum, attracted by the beautiful landscape. Staying there at the same time was Danish author Herman Bang, who spoke French and acted as his interpreter, which must have made daily life easier. `Sandviken Village`is a good example of how his thought processes had changed, how he was now following the advice he had earlier given to a young painter `When you go out to paint,try to forget what object you have before you-a tree, a house, a field . Merely think,here is a little square of blue,here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact colour and shape, until it emerges as your own impression of the scene before you` He gives form to the image by using blocks of colour,his palette is limited, but still manycoloured within the whiteness of the snow. It is a wonderfully evocative painting, deceptive in its simplicity.
    Two contemporary references to Monet which might be of interest:
    His name is now a word in urban slang,..."Britney Spears is a monet....she looks great from afar, but close up she`s a mess"-Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless"
    And closer to home for me, Monet`s painting "Argenteuil with a single sailboat" in the National Gallery of Ireland was badly damaged last year by a visitor to the Gallery whose hand went through it; repairs will cost over €7 million. Though both the evidence of a New Zealand couple who witnessed the event and that of CCTV cameras seemed to indicate that the action was deliberate, the jury in the subsequent court case couldn`t reach a verdict . One of Monet`s Water Lily paintings was sold in Christies NY , just before Christmas for over €34 million , so I suppose that puts the restoration costs into perspective!
    Bernadette Madden

  8. It is Monet's Village In The Snow, oil on canvas and painted in 1895. It is currently in the Art Institute Chicago ( ).
    Knew it as a Monet painted in Scandinavia instantly, as early last year I was researching landscape painting - especially those painted in the North, i.e. Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and Russia. Came across some amazing, not very well known works that were very inspiring. Unfortunately when I tried to act on that inspiration I discovered that the physical hardship involved was just too much for me (the carpal tunnel in both hands really kicks in in the cold, especially if you are trying to hold onto something to stop it flying away with the wind.) Then in Italy found all sorts of other physical reasons why I'm not suited to plein air painting.

    Oh well. Humans fascinate me more anyway, so back to concentrating on portraiture!

  9. Claude Monet 1840 - 1926
    Sandvika, Norway painted 1895. One of 29 scenes he painted during a two month trip to Norway with his stepson Jacques Hoschede.
    It is in the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.
    I recognised Monets style and the clue about it not being a usual subject was useful.
    Then a quick trip to google , snow scenes Monet.


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