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Danish Landscape by Harald Slott-Møller
Danish Landscape by Harald Slott-Møller

Danish Landscape, 1891

Harald Slott-Møller

Shining wheat stalks wave in the breeze in the foreground of this textural composition. The artist created the details of each grain by hammering a metal ground; the result is a three-dimensional rendering that catches the light. To show the middle of the wheat field, the artist used an ear of corn as his model — look closely to see the individual kernels, which here represent wheat, not corn. The background painting of a stork flying low in a cloud-flecked blue sky is less concerned with realism — it’s like a stage backdrop in front of which the textural drama of the wheat-field plays out.

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National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
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