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    Sale 12143

    19th Century European Art

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 35

    Frits Thaulow (Norwegian, 1847-1906)

    Winter at Simoa River

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    Frits Thaulow (Norwegian, 1847-1906)
    Winter at Simoa River
    signed and dated 'Frits Thaulow 92' (lower right)
    pastel on canvas
    24 5/8 x 38 5/8 in. (62.5 x 98.1 cm.)

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    Frits Thaulow visited the area near the Simoa River at Modum in the autumn and winter of 1883, where he excecuted several pastels of the area. He invited some younger naturalist painters to participate in a sort of open-air 'academy' there. Some of these painters, including Edward Munch, though he was not present in 1883, returned to the spot the following year.

    This stay has recently been explored in an exhibition at the Stiftelsen Modums Blaafarveværk from May to September of 2013, and Vidar Poulsson wrote about the six views and their variants undertaken by Thaulow of the area around the Simoa River. The current view is subject number four in this text, and the artist made one oil and eight pastels of the same view. The current work is listed as number 4.4, and Poulsson suggested that it may have been painted for an exhibition in Stockholm in 1892.

    The oil version now belongs to the National Museum of Oslo, acquired in 1933, and one of the pastels to the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, acquired in 1926.

    We are grateful to Vidar Poulsson for confirming the authenticity of this lot and for providing the catalogue note.


    Washington University Collection of Art, St. Louis, by 1915.
    Their sale; Kende Galleries, New York, 4 May 1945, No. 57, as In March.
    Torsten Forsberg (1915-1976) and Beatrice Forsberg (1915-2002), Old Greenwich, Connecticut.
    Their sale; Sotheby's, New York, 29 October 2002, lot 115.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    M. I. Lange et al., Munch og malervennene på Modum, Frits Thaulow, Gustav Wentzel, Edvard Munch, Kalle Løchen, Karl Jensen-Hjell, Jørgen Sørensen, exh. cat., Modum, Norway, 2013, pp. 65-66, no. 4:4.


    St. Louis, St. Louis Art Museum, on loan, circa 1915.