Christie's in New York City is currently showing an auction preview of 19th century European painting.
Peder Mørk Mønsted (Danish, 1859-1941)
A View of Hornbæk, 1916, oil on canvas, 18 ¾ x 34 in. (47.6 x 86.4 cm.)
It includes this painting by Mønsted, which looks tight and photographic from a distance. But up close, it's a different story.
It's not fussily rendered at all. It's a good example of loose and rapid handling, rather than painstaking definition.
The grass textures are suggested by dragging the brush lightly over the canvas, first with the brush thinly loaded with paint, and later with thick, generous impastos.
For these tree saplings and thick grasses, he laid down that soft base layer of blended strokes and added thin light and dark strokes on top, with a few white sparkle dots on top.
The dark strokes seem to be painted over dry paint, so if he painted this on location, I would guess it was a three or four day painting.
For the figures and the fenceposts, his treatment is rather soft and understated. The combined effect of this variety of handling adds to an overall impression of naturalism.
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------Christie's 19th Century European Art preview will go on through October 25th. The auction will take place on October 26 in New York at Rockefeller Plaza.