Saturday, January 11, 2014

Who painted this? #57

Who painted this? #57
An out of season still life this week.  Is the bowl a clue?

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!

How to participate in "Who painted this? #57"

PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.

Click this link to read THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).

In short:
  • 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  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer 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 #56 - The Answer

Sandviken By Claude Monet
Title of the artwork: Sandviken, Village in the Snow
Name of the artist who created this artwork: Claude Monet
Date it was created: 1895
Media used: oil on canvas, Height: 73 cm (28.74 in.), Width: 93 cm (36.61 in.) - This view gives you an indication of its size
Where it lives now: Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet visited and toured Norway for two months in 1895 and painting 29 paintings of snow scenes during his stay. Not all were finishes. His companion was his stepson Jacques Hoschedé, who lived in Christiania (now Oslo).

He painted six views of Sandvika - a village 15km west of Oslo.  The painting above features the Løkke bridge in the foreground with Kolsås in the background. It's said that the bridge in the village reminded him of the Japanese bridge in his garden at Giverny.

The bridge is still there today - if you click the link you'll see it's a narrow bridge made of metal and was apparently moved up river when the new road bridge was built (see Evelyn Oldroyd's comment).

Thanks also to Allyson for this great quotation
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."
Here are some links to more information - and more paintings of Norway by Monet

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #56? - a number of people got this - although I actually thought it was far from easy.
This week I'm going to give the "Best Answer of the Week" to Evelyn Oldroyd (Evelyn Oldroyd). That's because she did what I normally do - tracked down the view and the details and checked out how you can see it today.  I'd have never known the bridge (a) still existed and (b) had been moved but for Evelyn!