Frits Thaulow began his artistic education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1870. Norwegian by birth, he decided to pursue a career outside of Scandinavia. After a brief stint in Skagen, Thaulow eventually settled in Paris where he became foremost among a group of Scandinavian landscape painters living in the French capital. While in Paris, Thaulow worked with fellow Norwegian artist Frederik Collett and Swedish colourist Carl Skanberg.
As brother-in-law to Paul Gauguin and a close friend of Claude Monet, Frits Thaulow was certainly attuned to the artistic principles of Impressionism. Throughout his career, his personal style was constantly evolving and he kept abreast of new stylistic developments and pictorial innovations. It is no surprise then that his work displayed Impressionistic tendencies, particularly in his investigation of the effects of light and his quick and expressive brushwork. From the autumn of
1894 Thaulow rented a villa in Dieppe for four years. Recalling his earlier training with the Norwegian marine painter Hans-Fredrik Gude at the Baden School of Art in Karlsruhe, Germany, he was captivated by the harbour, and would paint here from dawn to dusk. The present low shows his fascination with various sizes of sail and steam boats against the unique setting of the old buildings and chalky cliffs.
We are grateful to Vidar Poulsson for his assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.