Early 19th-Century Swedish School

River Landscape With Cottages & Fishermen

Early 19th-Century Swedish School

River Landscape With Cottages & Fishermen

This charming early 19th-century Swedish oil painting depicts a blissful rural idyll with fishermen and cottages.

Under the decorous glow of mid-Summer, two figures dangle lines into a calm river, which winds past thatched cottages. While a mother and child wander along a sunlit track towards the bough of a leaning tree. The sky is abundant with buoyant clouds.

During the late 18th and early 19th century, landscape painting in Sweden wasn’t a particularly lucrative affair with patrons preferring portraiture or works with historical references. However, artists such as Johan Philip Korn (1727-1796), opted for nature rather than the grandiosity of other endeavours - presumably compelled by a love for the natural world. Alongside his tranquil renderings in oil, he also worked as a decorative painter, applying his ample skill to furniture and interiors.

It’s interesting to note the comparisons here with 17th-century Dutch landscapes, which were an inspiration for numerous European artists during this period.

Held within a splendid gilt frame with foliate corner ornamentation.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 20½” x 16½” / 52cm x 42cm
Year of creation: c. 1820
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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