oil on wood panel signed A M Lindström unframed: 14.5 x 24.3 cm (5.7 x 9.6 inches) framed: 25 x 34.5 cm (9.8 x 13.6 inches)
Provenance: A Swedish private collection.
Essay: In this charming painting "First Snow" Mauritz Lindström captures the fleeting moment where autumn's vibrant hues meet winter's gentle embrace. Known for his atmospheric landscapes, Lindström was born on April 26, 1849, in Björksta parish, Västmanland County, and passed away on December 11, 1923, in Stockholm. His legacy as a Swedish painter is enriched with scenes that gracefully bind the viewer to nature's ever-changing palette.
This piece showcases Lindström's keen eye for the seasonal transition, as the first snowfall lightly dusts the ground, highlighting the contrast between the snow-covered foreground and the still-colorful leaves clinging to the trees. A quaint house nestles in the background, hinting at human presence within this tranquil wilderness. The composition is a masterful blend of warm autumnal oranges and yellows set against the cool whites and greens of early winter, bringing forth a harmonious coexistence of seasons.
Educated at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts and further refined in Munich and Paris, Lindström also spent a considerable part of his career in England. His works, like this one, often reflect a deep understanding of light and atmosphere, inviting viewers to not just see, but feel the chill in the air and the quiet beauty of the first snow.
"First Snow" stands as a testament to Lindström's artistic journey and his contributions to the Opponents movement, which challenged the conventional art norms of his time. It's a moment captured in oil that speaks to the quiet solitude and beauty of the Swedish countryside. As with his other works, this painting is not just a visual treat but an emotional experience, offering a serene and introspective glimpse into the soulful corners of nature.
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