PHILIPSEN, Theodor Esbern
(b. 1840, København, d. 1920, København)

A Lane at Kastrup

Oil on canvas, 55 x 82 cm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

Of the Danish landscape painters, it was unquestionably Philipsen who had the soundest grasp of Impressionism and most consistently adapted its views on light, colour, and brushwork. His speciality was in fact animal paintings, but his pictures of spring or autumnal landscapes near Copenhagen shared the distinctive mood of Pissarro and Sisley. The shadows of trees and fenceposts in A Lane at Kastrup were done in the bluish violet characteristic of Impressionism. The colours are cool, and soft yellowish light veils the red rooftops in the background.