Frits Thaulow

Frits Thaulow was a Norwegian Impressionist painter. Born on October 20, 1847 in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, Thaulow studied art in both Denmark and Germany. In 1879, he travelled to Skagen, Denmark’s northernmost town, to paint marine landscapes and scenes of nautical life. He established himself as a leading young artist upon his return to Norway in 1880, later moving to France in 1892, where he counted Auguste Rodin and Claude Monet among his acquaintances and contemporaries. His paintings from this period, often created in small French towns as opposed to the cityscape of Paris, are characterized by a concern with the play of light on water—the foreshortened path of rivers and creeks are often a main element of his compositions—and the naturalistic depiction of landscapes. Thaulow was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his artistic accomplishments, and is the recipient of several other awards. He died on November 5, 1906 in Volendam, the Netherlands.

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