Carl Fredrik Hill 'The Tree and the Road'
*When Carl Fredrik Hill, in the spring of 1877, Bois-le-Roi and Brolles arrived, it was as if a whole new world opened up for the artist. With intensity, Hill depicted the flowering fruit trees, and by the end of April, he had completed *"a dozen flowering landscapes." Erik Blomberg mentions "the harmony of happy love" that the landscape evoked.
"The Tree and the Road" is characterized by the artist's sense of light and atmosphere. Anderberg speaks of a "declaration of love of all this flowering and fragrant richness" and writes about the motifs of flowering fruit trees: "The white flower crowns of the fruit trees never float together with the white cloud wall. Pink touches, but also inserts of blue and green play a part in this colour scheme with unfailing certainty. Everything is added as if in a trance. Hill turns out to have discovered the deepest secrets of colour painting and is plays with them at will".
"The Tree and the Road" differs slightly from most of the other motifs with flowering fruit trees from this year. In the other paintings, you can often see Seine's characteristic river bend in the background. Here, Hill has instead chosen a more limited and closed horizon where the greenery piles up. Possibly he has turned around or moved the easel in the direction of the nearby railway track. In the present motif, however, a lush hedge runs diagonally into the picture space from the right side. It draws the viewer's attention to the figure, a woman (?), who appears to be walking on the path under the imposing treetop.
Estimate: 1 200 000 - 1 500 000 SEK (117 878 - 147 348 EUR)
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