|Garden in Grez|
I am drawn to the craftsmanship of the gardener portrayed in this painting.
Certain plants love heat. Vining plants like cucumbers and melons and tomatoes. Pears, peaches and even figs.
If you look carefully, you can see clips embedded in the mortar immediately beneath the eave and wires strung along the wall to support the vines.
The gardener also makes extensive use of stakes to lift plants into the sun and hold fruit off the ground.
|On the Plain|
Notable for the charming girl and the details of the fence. It is worth noting that the fence was made from poles too small to mill for lumber and barely large enough to be worth cutting for firewood. In other words, it is the highest value use for that kind of wood.
No, it could not physically contain a cow or a horse or a pig. But it is easy to rebuild and the animal gets the idea after it is whipped for breaking down the fence.
Vinterafton wide Rosiagstull
It is ironic that this image displays the kind of graininess one would get from taking a digital image in low light.
The houses are nestled in a slight valley to get them out of the wind.
Based on the light distribution on the tall brick building, the artist appears to be facing north and the time-day-might be early afternoon.
State-of-the-art Swedish central heating involved running the woodstove on the bottom floor and running the bare stack through an opening in the floors straight up. The openings typically had grating around them to keep toddlers from falling through. There were also large openings near the walls. Warm air rose up, parallel with the stack and then downward along the walls as it cooled. That is, convection. This system worked best with relatively tall, narrow houses.
The trees in the left foreground might be fruiting trees after pruning based on their twisted form (fruit bearing and parenthood will do that to you). They appear quite lanky and open suggesting they were pruned. They are south of the taller trees near the center of the frame so they would get maximum sunlight during the growing season. In Sweden, it is almost certain they were apple trees.
There is a hint of bushes (currents, perhaps) along the left side of the court.
The tall trees have an elm-like form and are very close together. Their purpose eludes me unless they are intended to slow down the wind when it comes from the southwest. There are shorter trees north of the tallest trees. They are stouter than the fruit trees in the foreground.
I am sure I am missing things like cold frames for starting plants. Can M. R. Tumnus or Coyote Ken chime in.
Hat tip to Lucas Machias for calling this artist to my attention.