Title : Two Children Under Trees
Artist : Harriet Backer (Born January-November 21th 1845, Holmestrand, Norway - Died March 25th 1932, Oslo, Norway)
Date : circa 1885
Medium : Oil on canvas
Dimensions : 62 cm × 87 cm (24.40 in × 34.25 in)
Location : Private Collection
What a relaxing painting !
Note : The young couple are at first all but forgotten before the dense shadow of the bulging tree. The tops a distinct golden in the clear sky glare; the middle branches however coming together much tighter, suggestive more of a hideaway with its gentle, streamed shade.
Backer rushes the tree with a great varying intensity of green, her mostly horizontal brushwork works well in creating a sense of the tree’s threshing movement. Its shadows too are thoughtful in their accuracy, the divide of the top canopy casting the jagged designs behind the boy & girl especially well.
A duo whose own duality is mirrored & emphasized throughout ‘To barn og treguppe’. On the left of the image for example we have a rich band of light untouched by the foliage, its own stark intensity placing into focus the heft of the trees cover. On the right we have the civilized, beaten track leading back up to the titular farm – the couple in a sense then are caught both between and beneath, as above the tree itself seems as if it were cleaved between.
Ultimately, this subtle symmetry of Backer’s gives the painting a calming, pleasing effect, mirroring the lost Norwegian summers day that it evokes so well. What do you think of this work ? Comment below ! #painting#harrietbacker#artwork#workofart#art#younggirl#littlegirl#girl#youngboy#littleboy#boy#paysage#sky#clouds#nature#restful#pleasant#soothing#enjoyable#comfortable#quietness#sweet#congenial#nice#oiloncanvas#19thcentury