Harald Pryn, Winter’s Day With Snowy Track Near Hösterköb, Denmark

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A fine early 20th-century oil on canvas by Danish landscape artist, Harald Julius Niels Pryn (1891-1968).

Pryn was a master at capturing how light fell upon thick snow-covered paths and this is a great example of his work. The snowy track winding its way vertically is beautifully observed and it reflects a subtle pink, blue and white.

By opting for this composition, Pryn draws us into the scene and ignites our imagination, which wanders off towards the warmth of the cottages. You can almost feel a chill in the air as you appreciate the stillness of this peaceful environment.

The painting is signed in the lower left and housed within a gilded frame that’s probably its original. You can find more of Pryn’s work at Christie’s: http://artist.christies.com/harald-julius-niels-pryn-40288.aspx

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 33½” x 25” / 85cm x 64cm
Year of creation: c. 1930
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Artwork is very presentable overall with no issues. Frame with light wear and one minor repair.
Artist’s auction highlight: £15,000 achieved for ‘Village covered in Snow, Lilleros’ in 2006 at Sotheby’s.