Lesser Ury (1861 - 1931): Abendstimmung am Grunewaldsee

Lesser Ury (1861 - 1931): Abendstimmung am Grunewaldsee

9/29/2021, 3:55:51 PM
Lesser Ury (1861 - 1931): Abendstimmung am Grunewaldsee (Evening on the Grunewaldsee), 1910s, Oil on canvas, 115.5 x 85.4 cm, Private Collection Particularly in his landscapes, it becomes clear that Lesser Ury was a painter of light. In “Abendstimmung am Grunewaldsee” the painted light truly seems to be further intensified through the duplication in the reflection on the lake's surface of the sky seen in the last moments of the glowing red dusk. The selected cropping of the image of the evening forest and lake landscape is an interesting choice, because the positive-negative effect of the light surface of the water shown before the dark ground stands in contrast to the dark crowns of the trees before a light ground. The chiaroscuro effect achieved in this way recalls a shadow theatre, in a sense, and intensifies the gentle pastel tones into chromatic fireworks that convey a grandiose effect and paradoxically seem to further intensify the stillness of the evening scene. (lempertz.com)

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