Introducing Frits Thaulow

At The Landscape Atelier we put a lot of emphasis on art history, both as a teaching tool (always a good idea to study the Masters!) and so that as artists we can more completely understand and appreciate the rich tradition of landscape painting we have inherited. In that spirit,  I think it’s time to introduce you to Frits Thaulow (1847-1906)! Thaulow was a 19 th c. Norwegian landscape painter and has been one of my favorites for many years. Although he traveled widely and was friends with many leading artists of the day, including many of the Impressionists, he was more influenced by the French Naturalist painters like Jules Bastien-Lepage. I particularly enjoy his restrained palette, attention to drawing, and his luscious water. The man could paint water!

Here is our new friend Frits.

Thaulow portrait


And here are examples of his work.

You can also see more of his work online here.






Thaulow 4



Thaulow 3



Thaulow 2

P.S. For centuries the depiction of water has challenged artists. Its unique properties- transparent, reflective, moving, still- create wonderful visual opportunities. In our annual Painting Water online class we learn how reflections are created and how to depict them, how the depth of water affects its color and value, how to depict still and moving water,  techniques and color palettes for water and using water features in your compositions. This class starts June 12th. Join us!

3 thoughts on “Introducing Frits Thaulow”

  1. What absolutely gorgeous water! I can hear those creeks and rivers moving and feel the freshness of the air around them. Wow!

    I’ve always been drawn to water (pun intended), but have always found my efforts to paint or draw it woefully inept. Mr. Thaulow certainly sets a high bar, but gives me something to strive for.

    I’d never heard of him before, so thank you for bringing him to my attention.

    Best wishes,


  2. Hello Deborah

    I’ve just signed up for the water class in June, very exciting! I enjoyed your landscape class enormously so it will be great to start another. Because its sometimes harder to get materials here I wonder if you could send through the materials list so I can make sure I have ordered everything well in time before the class starts.

    Many thanks

    Eleanor (your New Zealand student)

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