Dusk over the Boatshed

by Carl Johansson

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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 9.8 x 17.3 in./24.89 x 43.94 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right and dated ’18 (1918)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5296 Categories: ,

Here we see how he has captured the brilliant blue hues of the water which contrasts against the rich pink and purple sunlight that reflects upon the lake’s surface. Here the artist has used thick brushstrokes of pure colour applied directly onto the canvas, with lots of thick impasto. In this way, the dashes of white create the effect of a glistening water’s surface as the sun sinks and the evening begins to unfold.

Lakes were a popular subject matter for Johansson, as the water is a brilliant means of reflecting the beautiful Swedish light. The muted palette and soft pastel tones of this piece make it a very calming work, whilst the mirroring of pink tones in the sky and on the water’s surface add a lovely sense of harmony to the scene.

Private Collection, United Kingdom

Born in Sweden in 1863, little is known of Johansson’s early career. When he was a teenager the Impressionist artists and their art had reached a global scale and their influence is very apparent in his oeuvre. With Johansson’s penchant for landscapes and natural scenes, it is likely that he adopted the Impressionist method of paintings outside or en plein air, directly onto the canvas.

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