Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Fine Art Tuesday


I like art where I can identify the trees. The trees on the bank (left side) are beech trees. In a tamed and civilized landscape like Denmark, those trees were left intentionally. Probably due to the fact they produce mast (nuts) that fatten the Christmas goose.

Peder Mørk Mønsted born in Denmark 1859 and died 1941.

May Theilgaard Watts once observed that nearly everybody feels a certain, visceral connection with the landscape of Denmark. She claimed it was due to the impact of the illustrated writings of Hans Christian Andersen. We recognize the Danish landscape from the stories.

Pollard willow on the bank. Mønsted accurately captured the algae bloom in the water due to the high nutrient loading from the goose poop. He may have chosen this time of year for the painting because the water might look pretty nasty later.

It seems crazy that people could build that close to water and not be hammered by mosquitoes.

In the United States, holly hocks were usually planted by the outhouse so discerning guests did not need to ask. Of course, if it was urgent one could simple sweep downwind of the property and then follow one's nose.

Holly hocks are usually biennial. They bloom the second year and then die. They can be vigorous self-seeders.

Unfortunately, most common strains of holly hocks are susceptible to mildew.

Many of Mønsted's pictures show thatched roofs. I picked this one because it shows the battens that are on the peak to provide wind-resistance and to hold down panels to cover the part of the roof that does not have overlapping bundles of thatch.


  1. So they had to "Batten down the Thatches"?

  2. That is nice art. I never saw his work before. Thanks--ken

    1. The hat-tip goes to Lucas Machias. He sent me an email.

  3. Mønsted did a lot of 'bucolic' scenes of everyday life. Excellent attention to detail and the ambience of the countryside.

    1. I agree. They are almost photographic in their detail which makes me wonder if he sometimes worked from photos to ensure fidelity.

      Paintings CAN be better than photos because the painter has the ability to "photoshop" out jarring and distracting details.


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