Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hans Gude - Norwegian 1825-1903

These two images show how greatly reproductions of paintings can vary. It's always best to study the real thing, hanging in a gallery. Not only are reproductions often misleading about colour and tone, they don't give a sense of the scale of a work, or the three dimensional nature of brushwork and paint layers. Visiting galleries is also instructive on how works are framed and displayed. In the past it was a part of an artist's training to visit galleries, set up an easel and make copies of masterpieces.

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