A View Over The Castle Olavinlinna by Victoria Aberg
A View Over The Castle Olavinlinna by Victoria Aberg

A View Over The Castle Olavinlinna

A View Over The Castle Olavinlinna c1864 by Finnish Painter Victoria Aberg (1824 – 1892); a landscape artist of the Düsseldorf tradition.

This is a beautiful and engaging landscape painting of a distant view of the castle Olavinlinna, that is built on a small island surrounded by a small body of water.

The castle is covered in white mortar with the top of its painted red, as well as the roofs of adjoining buildings.

The Island is covered in lush vegetation with trees growing right on top of the structure and near its banks; and the surrounding area contains more terrain that is covered in tall grasses and trees, as well as waterways.

On the opposite bank of the island we can see a single individual dressed in black casting a line as he stands on top of a very large boulder.

The scene is further enhanced by the massive amount of clouds that make up the skyline and help make the castle focus point of the viewers attention.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information below is derived from Wikipedia.org

Ulrika Victoria Aberg was a painter of the Düsseldorf tradition which refers to a group of artist that studied at the Düsseldorf Academy; now known as Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf or Düsseldorf State Art Academy between the 1830s and 1840s when the academy was directed by the German Romantic Painter Wilhelm von Schadow (1789 – 1862)

She began her artistic at the Finnish Art Society Drawing School in 1848, and continued her education in Düsseldorf under Norwegian Romantic Landscape Painter Hans Gude (1825 – 1903).

She would also study in Dresden and Weimar Germany throughout the 1850s and 1860s, thanks to a state funded stipend.

From the mid 1840s and up until the early 1860s Victoria also worked a secondary school arts teacher; but would leave Finland and work in Italy for some years, and then Germany mostly for the most part as she felt her Düsseldorfer artwork was more appreciated in Germany.

In 1861 Victoria became the second artist to win first prize in the Finnish Art Society’s Ducat Contest; and 5 years later was awarded the honorary title of First Class Artist by the Imperial Academy of Arts of St Petersburg, Russia.

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