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The Naturalist Andersens: LA Ring 1915-1933
In 1915, Laurits Andersen Ring (1854–1933) celebrated his sixty-first birthday, and his first year of retirement to the house which had been built for him and his much younger family to the north-west of Roskilde, on the island of Sjælland (Zealand), Denmark. Roskilde is itself to the west of... Read more
The Naturalist Andersens: Moments of Genius
Over the last few weeks, I have looked at the careers and works of two great Danish realist painters in parallel: Hans Andersen Brendekilde (1857–1942) and Laurits Andersen Ring (1854–1933). In this final article, I’d like to draw together some conclusions about their paintings, illustrated by some of the... Read more
Painting Reality: 1 Emergence (1883)
The Paris Salon of 1883 was very large, with nearly 2,500 paintings on display. Among those emerged a new school of painting – not that of Impressionism, which had remained fiercely independent and even then was hardly popular, but of a new form of realism: Naturalism. For the next... Read more
Painting Reality: 2 Origins
Having looked at the new wave of Naturalist paintings in the Salon of 1883, I proposed that their common characteristics include: They tend to show ordinary people, rather than nobility, gods, or heroes, who are going about their normal daily activities, in their normal surroundings. They are painted with... Read more
Painting Reality: 3 Spread
Naturalism may have emerged in France, thanks at least in part to the Third Republic, but it rapidly became established internationally. This was largely due to Paris, in particular, and France more generally being the focal point of western painting at the time. Literary Naturalism had spread with the... Read more