Saturday, October 9, 2010
Object of the Day: An Early Nineteenth Century Scottish Landscape
Unsigned, a slip of paper accompanying the painting (tucked behind the stretcher) listed it as “Large landscape with spacious sky, gifted 1825.” Judging by the canvas and the stretcher boards, I would say that the 1825 date is fairly accurate. The artist remains unknown.
It’s a moody painting, and I like that quality about it. Small figures of fishermen are dotted along the edge of the water. They’re unnaturally still as if anticipating an encroaching storm. The sense that this painting has captured a specific second of time makes it all the more appealing.